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Iran | 2018 | 107 minutes | Mani Haghighi

When a serial killer begins decapitating Tehran's greatest film directors, a narcissistic auteur is jealous that he has yet to be targeted, at least until he becomes the prime suspect, in this farcical dark comedy from Mani Haghighi, director of SIFF 2017 audience favorite A Dragon Arrives.

Mani Haghighi, of the SIFF 2017 smash hit A Dragon Arrives, is back with Pig–SIFF 2018's smash hit-to-be. A serial killer is stalking directors in Tehran, decapitating them, and carving the word "pig" into their severed heads. This is alarming to Hasan, himself a director, albeit an out-of-work one, thanks to a government blacklist. He fears for his life and the lives of his friends. But as film luminaries go down one after another (including one much-regretted "Mani Haghighi"), Hasan starts to wonder, "Why not me? What have they got that I don't?" In fact, the killer's neglect occasions a massive crisis of self-doubt—Hasan has been reduced to making commercials for bug spray, and his actress girlfriend (Leila Hatami, A Separation) has just agreed to star in the latest film by his biggest rival. Hasan's mother reassures him that the killer's just saving the best for last, but when rumors start to circulate that he may himself be the killer, he's driven to take matters into his own hands. A strobe-lit, pop art-colored black comedy about artistic vanity run amok!

Director Biography

Born in 1969 in Tehran, Mani Haghighi spent a great deal of his youth studying philosophy and culture. His educational background has given him an astute foundation for satirical filmography and touching on social issues with an air of comedic absurdity.

Sponsored by Anonymous, Sinikka and Babak Parviz, Baabak Nassirian at FYF Productions, American Iranian Business Council, Nima Foroutan DDS, Shadi Araghi/ Highlands Kids Dentistry, Mike Moghaddas with Avenue Properties, Naini Family Foundation, Radio Iranshahr, Professional Copy 'n' Print, Sanaz Namdar, Ali Ahmadi, Orchideh Raisdanai, Persian & Iranian Studies at UW Near Eastern Languages & Civilization Department, and UW Iranian-American Faculty 

  • Original Language Title: Khook
  • Director: Mani Haghighi
  • Principal Cast: Hassan Majuni, Leila Hatami, Leili Rashidi, Parinaz Izadyar, Mina Jafarzadeh, Aynaz Azarhoosh, Ali Bagheri
  • Premiere Status: NA
  • Country: Iran
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 107 minutes
  • Producer: Mani Haghighi
  • Screenplay: Mani Haghighi
  • Cinematographers: Mahmoud Kalari
  • Editors: Meysam Molaei
  • Music: Peyman Yazdanian
  • Filmography: A Dragon Arrives (2017); 50 Kilos of Sour Cherries (2016); Modest Reception (2012); Canaan (2008); Men at Work (2006); Abadan (2004)
  • Language: Farsi
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Films Boutique