Dead Pigs directed by Cathy Yan
Dead Pigs directed by Cathy Yan

Cathy Yan’s feature film debut, Dead Pigs, winner of Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting at Sundance Film Festival opens via Metrograph’s virtual cinema on May 13, then nationally on May 28.

Dead Pigs is a bitingly humorous social satire about the trials and tribulations connecting a disparate group of characters in the midst of a baffling nationwide mystery. Shifting between Shanghai and the neighboring provincial town of Jiaxing, the film centers on the intersecting stories of five characters, whose loose connections begin to fatefully intertwine: a down-on-his-luck pig farmer; a feisty home-owner defending her property; a lovestruck busboy; a rudderless rich girl; and an American expat pursuing the Chinese Dream. Their fates converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs are found floating down the Huangpu River.

Dead Pigs stars an international ensemble recognized at Sundance with the Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting, including Vivian Wu (Away, The Last Emperor, The Joy Luck Club), Mason Lee (Lucy, The Hangover Pt II), Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”, Nine Days), Meng Li (The Bad Kids, The Guillotines, Young Love Lost), Haoyu Yang (The Wandering Earth) and David Rysdahl (The Family, Nine Days). It was executive Produced by Jia Zhangke (Still Life) and Ali Wong (Always Be My Maybe).

Watch the trailer for Dead Pigs.

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