Pop Aye

by Kirsten Tan International Feature Film / Competition

Not long ago one of Bangkok’s most sought-after architects, Thana’s time now seems to be over: his once celebrated masterpiece is about to be torn down, at work he is being replaced by a young gun and his wife no longer shows any interest in him. While walking down the street one day he suddenly catches sight of his childhood ‘pet’, the elephant Pop Aye and Thana comes up with a plan. He buys the elephant and decides to return to the village where he was born – far away from the stress and competitive pressure of the big city. On his adventurous journey along a country road, the man and his giant companion are surprised by a number of odd encounters, including a clairvoyant tramp, two overly bureaucratic police officers and a lady boy with karaoke ambitions. Kirsten Tan’s unique road trip tells of everlasting friendship, personal dreams and the intransigent effort needed to get back to one’s roots and find peace. With its beautifully serene narrative style, mildly melancholic undertone and subtle situational comedy, Tan has managed to create a film that becomes emblazoned on the mind.

  • Genre: Roadmovie
  • Country, Year: Singapore, 2017
  • Runtime: 102 Min
  • Languages: Thai
  • Subtitles: German, French, English
  • Director: Kirsten Tan
  • Cast: Bong, Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Penpak Sirikul, Chaiwat Khumdee, Yukontorn Sukkijja, Narong Pongpab
  • Screenplay: Kirsten Tan
  • Cinematography: Chananun Chotrungroj
  • Editor: Lee Chatametikool
  • Sound: Lim Ting Li
  • Music: Matthew James Kelly
  • Producers: Lai Weijie, Deng Li, Zhang Jianbin, Huang Wenhong
  • Co-Producer: Soros Sukhum
  • Executive Producer: Anthony Chen
  • Production Companies: Giraffe Pictures, E & W Films
  • World Sales: Cercamon
  • Swiss Distribution: Frenetic Films AG
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5 reviews

Georg Bütler, 9 Months ago

Der Elefant ist ein grossartiges Leinwandtier! Ganz abgesehen davon gelingt Kirsten Tan ein wunderschönes, mit Melancholie und feiner Situationskomik gespicktes Roadmovie.

Thomas Spielmann, 9 Months ago

What an outstanding film, what a pleasure to dive into story, pictures and acting of this amazing artwork. Reminding a bit of Apitchatpong Weerasethakul's masterwork "Uncle Boonme talks about his past lives", but for western viewers much more understandable and enjoyable. And: if you like to understand the basic Thai culture before spending your holydays there, this film is a Must!

Tsering Margey, 9 Months ago

A wonderful movie, well captured by Kirsten Tan.

Sowgandhika Krishnan Rao, 9 Months ago

Nice movie. Keeps you engrossed. A lot of valuable lessons for life told in a very simple manner

Gröbers Grien us dr Chiesgruebe, 9 Months ago

Der Elefant ist wirklich toll.