Directed by Cathy Yan
In 2013, thousands of dead pigs were found floating down the river near Shanghai, but this is only the underlying story to five individuals as officials and reporters try to uncover the cause.
Cathy Yan’s debut film interweaves the lives of a pig farmer, business owner, busboy, expat, and spoiled rich girl in a mosaic portrayal of modern day China. Each battling their own tragic woes, they collectively try to find personal solace during a time the nation is stirred by quizzical calamity.
A pig farmer exaggerating his financial status to friends seeks means to repay a heavy debt. A strong, stubborn beauty salon owner adamantly defends her family home of three generations. A busboy ashamed of his job becomes tortured by the lies told to his father. An expat questions whether his life decisions led him to success. A spoiled rich girl grows tired of the company she keeps and seeks independence. These stories collide one morning as the world begins to move on from dead floating pigs.
— Lansia Wann
Director: Cathy Yan
Co-Presented by: Hong Kong Association of Northern California
Producers: Clarissa Zhang, Jane Zheng
Writer: Cathy Yan
Cinematographer: Federico Cesca
Editor: Alex Kopit
Cast: Vivian Wu, Haoyu Yang, Mason Lee, David Rysdahl, Li Meng and Zazie Beetz