Interview by Paul Salfen
With the summer sun beating down on her rural Spanish town, Sara hides away in her parent’s butcher shop. A teenager whose excess weight makes her the target of incessant bullying, she flees a clique of capricious girls who torment her at the town pool, only to stumble upon them being brutally kidnapped by a stranger, who drives off with them in his van. When the police begin asking questions, Sara keeps quiet. Intrigued by the stranger — an interest that’s mutual — she’s torn between revealing the truth and protecting the man who saved her.
Director: Carlota Pereda
Cast: Laura Galán, Richard Holmes, Carmen Machi, Irene Ferreiro & Camielle Aguilar, with the special collaborations of Pilar Castro & Claudia Salas
Specs: 90 minutes
Language: Spanish with English Subtitles
Distributor: Magnet Releasing
Release Date: October 14, 2022 (Theatrical/VOD)
Carlota Pereda (Director’s Bio)
Born in 1975 in Madrid, Carlota Pereda is a film and drama series director. After graduating from the ECAM (Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid), she started her career as writer, director and script supervisor in TV series such as Periodistas, Acacias 38, El secreto de Puente Viejo, Lex, Los hombres de Paco, and Águila roja (Red Eagle), for which she was nominated for
the Iris Award of the Television Academy. Her first short film, Las Rubias (The Blondes), has been selected in more than 140 national and international festivals and awarded in prestigious festivals. Cerdita
(Piggy), her second short film as a director, has been selected for more than 300 international festivals, winning over 90 awards, including the Forqué and the Goya Awards. “There will be monsters” is her latest short film, produced by Movistar+. In the last Slamdance festival, Carlota Pereda received the AGBO fellowship, based on mentoring by the Russo brothers, writers, and directors of Avengers: Endgame.
PIGGY is her first feature film. First released in Sundance 2022, the project was selected in the Focus CoPro in Cannes, winning the Pop Up Residency. It also won the Ventana Sur Award at the Ventana CineMad, ARRI Award at the European Work in Progress in Cologne, and has participated in Oltrecorto at the Torino Film Festival and the Berlinale Co-Production Market.