• Dead Pigs
  • Dead Pigs
  • Dead Pigs

Dead Pigs Programme 2019

by Cathy Yan International Feature Film / Competition

A mysterious stream of pig carcasses floats silently toward China’s populous economic hub, Shanghai. As authorities struggle to explain the phenomenon, pig farmer Wang is faced with a bitter reality: Shortly after treating himself to a pair of the latest and largely overpriced VR glasses, his pigs begin to die for no apparent reason too. Meanwhile, Wang’s sister, who runs a well-established beauty salon, is facing problems of her own: her beloved ancestral home is to be replaced by a large-scale building project. The American architect responsible continually tries to impress his employer, but has little knowledge of Chinese culture. In the meantime, Wang’s son falls in love with a high-society girl whose friends are exclusively interested in material things.
With a perfect balance of humour and tragedy, Cathy Yan uses five different characters in order to create a complex mosaic which puts emphasis on the current changes taking place in Chinese urban society.


  • Genre: Tragicomedy
  • Country, Year: China, 2018
  • Runtime: 130 Min
  • Languages: Chinese, English
  • Subtitles: English, German
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  • Director: Cathy Yan
  • Cast: Vivian Wu, Yang Haoyu, Li Meng, Mason Lee, David Rysdahl, Zazie Beetz
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  • Screenplay: Cathy Yan
  • Cinematography: Federico Cesca
  • Editor: Alex Kopit
  • Music: Andrew Orkin
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  • Producers: Clarissa Zhang, Jane Zheng
  • Executive Producer: Jia Zhangke
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  • Production Companies: Seesaw Productions, ALIBABA PICTURES, Media Asia Film
  • World Sales: Creative Artists Agency, CAA
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