Exclusive: The horror-fest hit performs at Fantastic Fest this weekend before spooking Alamo Drafthouse theaters across the country.
One of the most talked-about horror movies of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival was Carlota Pereda’s “Piggy,” about an overweight teenager harassed by her peers until a serial killer comes to town and wreaks havoc. Sara, played by Laura Galán, begins to learn about the killer’s identity and wonders if she should reveal it to her community, with the Spanish-French coming-of-age horror unfolding as an unholy convergence of “Fat Girl.” by Catherine Breillat. ” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” by Tobe Hooper. Magnet Releasing opens the film in Alamo Drafthouse theaters nationwide on October 7 ahead of a VOD release, and IndieWire has the exclusive trailer below.
According to the official synopsis, with the summer sun beating down on her rural Spanish town, Sara hides out in her parents’ butcher shop. A teenage girl whose excess weight makes her the target of relentless bullying flees from a group of wayward girls who torment her at the town pool, only to stumble upon them being brutally kidnapped by a stranger, who drives them away in his truck. . When the police start asking questions, Sara stays quiet. Intrigued by the stranger, a mutual interest, she is torn between revealing the truth or protecting the man who saved her.
“If independent filmmakers need to take a necessary approach to producing their work, we need to do the same as exhibitors. We at Alamo Drafthouse are very excited to partner with Magnolia on ‘Piggy’ and to have the opportunity to share Carlota Pereda’s vision with our audience,” said Neal Block, head of marketing and distribution for Magnolia Pictures, parent company of foreign films and Gender Arm Release Magnet.
“’Piggy’ was the first film officially selected for this year’s Fantastic Fest, and we’ve worked with the team at Drafthouse to turn that initial enthusiasm into a broader partnership. The film will screen nationally with Drafthouse on October 4, after which it will open in select Drafthouse theaters on October 7, a week before it becomes available anywhere else. An entirely new gory take on the slasher movie, ‘Piggy’ fits in perfectly with its audience. I’ve wanted to do something special with this one ever since we acquired it at Sundance, and I’m glad they’re on board,” said Alamo Drafthouse film programmer Jake Isgar.
“Piggy” is also playing Austin’s Fantastic Fest this weekend on September 25th.