DEAD PIGS “海上浮城”
Narrative Feature | 130 minutes

This film played at HIFF 2018
on 10/6/2018 and 10/7/2018
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Directed By
Cathy Yan

Produced By
Jane Zheng
Clarissa Zhang

Executive Produced By
Jia Zhangke

Written By
Cathy Yan

Featuring
Vivian Wu
Haoyu Yang
Mason Lee
David Rysdal
Meng Li
Zazie Beetz


2018 | Mandarin/Shanghainese/English | USA/China

Against the backdrop of urban development, gentrification, and thousands of discarded pigs mysteriously floating down the Yangtze River, a brassy salon owner, lonely busboy, trust-fund princess, expat architect, and bumbling farmer find their lives unexpectedly converging in Cathy Yan’s sprawling directorial debut. Yan, a participant in the 2016 HIFF Screenwriters Lab and the recipient of support from the inaugural Melissa Mathison Fund, effortlessly weaves together the individual narratives of five Shanghai residents in her biting satire. Based on true events, DEAD PIGS is a wicked and whimsical examination of contemporary China’s ongoing clash between traditionalism and modernization.