Piggy 2022

Cerdita

Directed by Carlota Pereda Incredibly Strange

A bullied overweight teen witnesses her tormentors get abducted by a mysterious stranger in Carlos Pereda’s blistering slasher which delivers sharp social commentary and bloody mayhem in equal measure.

Jul 29

Hollywood Avondale

Aug 02

Hollywood Avondale

Spain In Spanish with English subtitles
90 minutes DCP
R16
Violence, offensive language, bullying & content that may disturb

Director, Screenplay

Producers

Merry Colomer
,
David Atlan Jackson
,
Jean-Baptiste Babin

Cinematography

Rita Noriega

Editor

David Pelegrin

Production designer

Óscar Sempere

Costume designer

Arantza Ezquerro

Music

Olivier Arson

Cast

Laura Galán (Sara), Richard Holmes (stranger), Carmen Machi (mother), Irene Ferreiro (Claudia), Camille Aguilar (Roci), Jose Pastor (Pedro), Pilar Castro (Elena), Fernando Delgado-Hierro (Juancarlitos), Claudia Salas (Maca)

Festivals

Sundance 2022

Elsewhere

This buzzy genre outing gut-punched the Sundance crowd like a rotten pork paella left out in the Spanish sun. Expanded from Carlota Pereda’s blistering award-winning short of furious female adolescence, this similarly titled feature-length follow-up should stand as the cathartic war-cry for those who have silently suffered the cruelness of teenage bullydom.

Set during one long hot summer, Sara, a plus-sized teen, helps her parents at their butcher shop in a remote village near the Portuguese border. The local Queen Bee, Maca, refers to Sara as Piggy and spends time being obnoxious and narcissistic with her cohorts. Sneaking away for a dip in a pool, Sara is suddenly terrorised by Maca and co, leaving her to walk home traumatised and near naked. The assault hasn’t gone unnoticed and a local hulking stranger with bad intentions has plans for Maca and her meanies. Stumbling home, Sara has another toxic encounter of the masculine kind, before finally seeing her female tormenters abducted by the hulking stranger, now a twisted guardian angel to Sara. When local bodies begin to pile up like choice cuts of prime rib, Sara finds herself in a rare position of power, but knowledge becomes a two-sided blade.

A non-exploitative femme-focused freakout that comes across like some blood-soaked euro-fusion of Catherine Breillat (Fat Girl, NZIFF 2001) and Julia Ducournau (Titane, NZIFF 2021), it heralds the arrival of Pereda as a major new talent. — Ant Timpson