Quebec premiere
Selection 2022


Directed by Carlota Pereda


Official selection

Sundance Film Festival 2022
Cleveland International Film Festival 2022
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2022


Carlota Pereda


Merry Colomer


Carlota Pereda


Laura Galán, Carmen Machi


Métropole Films Distribution

Spain 2022 90 mins OV Spanish
Genre DramaHorrorThriller

“Pereda's viciously impressive debut uses genre shocks almost as macguffins; it's the all-too-recognizable horror of brutalized adolescence that really makes us wince”
– Guy Lodge, VARIETY

“A meditation on the banality of horrible people, PIGGY is an instant horror classic”
– Sheri Flanders, CHICAGO READER

“A complex and evocative character study that is sure to spark conversation”

Set in a rural Spanish town, PIGGY tells the story of Sara (Laura Galán), an overweight teen living in an overbearing family environment and dealing with incessant bullying. Her physical appearance and the fact that her parents are butchers has cursed her with the titular nickname coined by some local girls. On a hot summer day, a mysterious stranger happens to be present when Sara starts to get harassed at the pool, nearly drowning, and is forced to run home wearing nothing but her bikini. She is suddenly faced with a choice, one that’s easy to make in the moment, but that ultimately gets her caught up in a whirlwind of troublesome events.

PIGGY is writer/director Carlota Pereda’s feature film debut, wrought with great camera work that conveys a unique style. This Spanish-French thriller world-premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival in its Midnight section and is based on Pereda’s 2018 short film of the same title, with Laura Galán (UNKNOWN ORIGINS, THE DEVIL’S TAIL) delivering a fantastic performance in both. A horror drama with a hint of comedy, PIGGY centres on themes of loneliness and uses the protagonist/antagonist juxtaposition to demonstrate how it can cause long-term trauma when affecting all areas of life at a young age. This film will certainly anger, shock, and offer emotional catharsis—especially to viewers who have experienced such sheltered and suffocating conditions during their teenage years. – Karen Wan