Five lives collide in Cathy Yan’s quirky and comic debut. A bumbling pig farmer has an interest in VR and paying off his gangster loans, but his pigs are mysteriously dying and floating in the river towards Shanghai. His sister, a salon owner, battles against the giant real-estate company gentrifying her neighborhood. An American ex-pat architect starts a new life at the real-estate giant, seeking a piece of China’s wealth and a new start. A romantic waiter, having escaped his father’s pig farm, lies about his job and meets a spoiled rich girl in a clash of classes. DEAD PIGS sharply examines a contrasting China, where modern culture clashes with the traditional. – Sarah Harris
Cathy Yan is a China-born filmmaker based in New York. After receiving an MBA and MFA from NYU, she was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York, Hong Kong and Beijing. She is slated to direct Margot Robbie in an original Harley Quinn movie, making her the first Asian woman to direct a superhero film. DEAD PIGS is her debut feature and has won awards at several renowned film festivals.