Country: China, USA
Running Time: 130min
Film Year: 2018
Category: Jordan Ressler First Feature Film Award
The lives of five very different people intersect amidst the true story of a stream of thousands of dead pigs found floating in the Yangtze River in modern-day Shanghai.
A pig farmer finds his livelihood crumbling before him as his debts pile up. A young waiter puts on a façade to hide his lack of professional success from his father. A salon owner tries to fend off developers who will stop at nothing to buy her family home. A spoiled rich girl finds that her life is lacking emotional depth. An American ex-pat developer spearheads a questionable new project to try to impress his boss. As seen through first-time writer-director Cathy Yan’s observant and eccentric lens, the search for success in an ever-changing world is an elusive thing.
A Sundance award-winner, Dead Pigs has taken home Best First Feature awards at Seattle, Philadelphia and Dallas, making this delightfully quirky and satirical look at the rapid modernization of China a true festival darling.
Director: Cathy Yan
Producer: Clarissa Zhang, Jane Zheng
Screenwriter: Cathy Yan
Executive Producer: Zhangke Jia
Production Company: Alibaba Pictures, Media Asia, Beijing Culture
Music: Andrew Orkin
Cinematographer: Federico Cesca
Editor: Alex Kopit