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World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting

A mysterious stream of pig carcasses floats silently toward China’s populous economic hub, Shanghai. As authorities struggle to explain the phenomenon, a down-and-out pig farmer with a youthful heart struggles to make ends meet, while an upwardly mobile landowner fights gentrification against an American expat seeking a piece of the Chinese dream. Meanwhile, a romantic busboy hides his job from his father, while a rich young woman struggles to find her independence. Like a mosaic, their stories intersect and converge in a showdown between human and machine, past and future, brother and sister.

Observing modern China through a humanist lens, Cathy Yan’s feature debut revels in watching its characters discover their place within the fissures that arise when a status-obsessed society is forced to reckon with the meaning of success. Cleverly connecting China’s social stratum with intergenerational narratives, Dead Pigs searches for connection in a constantly changing landscape, delving into how to find fulfilment when the distance between us and our loved ones grows greater every day.

Fri. 1/19, 5:30 p.m., Prospector, PC
Sat. 1/20, 3:30 p.m., Redstone 1, PC
Mon. 1/22, 9:00 p.m., Broadway 6, SLC
Thu. 1/25, 2:30 p.m., Prospector, PC
Fri. 1/26, 9:15 p.m., Holiday 2, PC

YEAR 2018

SECTION World Drama


RUN TIME 130 min

LANGUAGE English and Mandarin/Shanghainese

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Seesaw Entertainment

EMAIL janinazheng@126.com


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Artist Bio

Cathy Yan

Cathy Yan is a filmmaker based in New York. She received a dual MFA and MBA at NYU and a BA at Princeton. Her comedic series According to My Mother participated in the Sundance New Voices Lab and is in development. Previously, she was a reporter with the Wall Street Journal, and Dead Pigs was inspired by her work in China.