Pune: MUBI, the global streaming service and theatrical distributor, has announced that Cathy Yan’s bold directorial debut DEAD PIGS will be released exclusively on MUBI from February 12, 2021.
A masterful first feature from exciting filmmaker Cathy Yan, DEAD PIGS is a bitingly humourous social satire about the trials and tribulations connecting a disparate group of characters, as thousands of dead pigs mysteriously float down the Huangpu river towards a rapidly modernising Shanghai.
Shifting between Shanghai and the neighboring provincial town of Jiaxing, the film centers on the intersecting stories of five characters, whose loose connections begin to fatefully intertwine: a down-on-his-luck pig farmer; a feisty home-owner defending her property; a lovestruck busboy; a rudderless rich girl; and an American expat pursuing the Chinese Dream. Their fates converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs are found floating down the Huangpu River.
It stars a brilliant international ensemble cast including Vivian Wu (Away, The Last Emperor, The Joy Luck Club), Mason Lee (Lucy, The Hangover Pt II), Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Nine Days), Meng Li (The Bad Kids, The Guillotines, Young Love Lost), Haoyu Yang (The Wandering Earth), and David Rysdahl (The Family, Nine Days).
DEAD PIGS premiered to critical acclaim at Sundance Film Festival in 2018, where it won a Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting.
A bold, unique vision, the film speaks to our universal struggle with identity in the age of globalisation, its diverse voices reflecting the future of American cinema – as it deals with prescient and timely conversations around equality, capitalism, and basic human connection in an increasingly divided world.