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    Dead Pigs

    Directed by Cathy Yan
    China | 130 minutes | World Cinema Now

A mysterious wave of livestock deaths is the groundwork for this award-winning ensemble drama, which combines compassionate explorations of vastly different yet inextricably connected characters with a biting commentary on consumerism and the drive toward modernization in present day Shanghai.

Schedule

January 13, 2019 10:00 AM Camelot Theatres (PS Cultural Center) Tickets not available
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January 14, 2019 12:00 PM Camelot Theatres (PS Cultural Center) Tickets not available
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film synopsis

In Cathy Yan’s smart and polished debut feature, a mysterious wave of livestock deaths becomes an unlikely throughline in the lives of five very different people living in and around present day Shanghai. Impressive visual style draws the viewer in to gradually discover the connections among these complex individuals, and explore undercurrents of class, pride, and the clash between traditional ways and the promise of progress. The acting ensemble won a special jury prize at the film’s Sundance premiere, for characters including a pig farmer enamored of virtual reality, an expat architect, a businesswoman/pigeon enthusiast (dynamically portrayed by Vivian Wu), a waiter in an upscale restaurant, and one of his wealthy regulars. Each one cultivates the public version of themselves, hiding secrets and masking loneliness. Yan nods to her journalism background with the frequent presence of the media, and layers compassionate explorations of her characters into a biting commentary on consumerism and the drive toward modernization.

In competition for the Ricky Jay Magic of Cinema Award.

film details

Original Language Title: 海上浮城
Country: China
Year: 2018
Running Time: 130 minutes
Language: in Mandarin and English with English subtitles
Director: Cathy Yan
Producers: Clarissa Zhang, Jane Zheng
Principal Cast: Vivian Wu, Yang Haoyu, Li Meng, Mason Lee, David Rysdahl, Zazie Beetz
Cinematographers: Federico Cesca
Editor: Alex Kopit
Music: Andrew Orkin
Screenwriter: Cathy Yan
Website: www.facebook.com/DeadPigsChina
Primary Company: Alibaba Pictures, Media Asia, Beijing Culture

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