Five Inspirations: Cathy Yan

Five Inspirations: Cathy Yan
Five Inspirations is a series in which we ask directors to share five things that shaped and informed their film. Cathy Yan's Dead Pigs is exclusively showing on Mubi starting February 12, 2021 in the Debuts series.Inspiration #1Wu Ping and the Chongqing NailhouseThis was one of the first examples of the "nailhouse" phenomenon in China, of a homeowner standing her ground, resisting demolition. That image of her house marooned within a huge construction ditch was seared into my mind for many years until it finally became Candy's house in Dead Pigs. Candy is also very much an homage to the homeowner, Wu Ping, who became this media darling, and her vibrant aesthetic and fiery personality. Inspiration #2Li Wei photographyI discovered the artist Li Wei's photography and found it so compelling and so encapsulating of the spirit, the fantasy and the context of Dead Pigs.Inspiration #3Weng Fen photographySimilarly, Wang Fen
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