Pop Aye

  • 102'
  • Singapore
  • 2017

Thana has come to a standstill in life. His work as an architect in Bangkok is no longer appreciated and his wife doesn’t seem to want him around either. Where does a middle-aged man really belong? Then the disillusioned Thana comes across the elephant he grew up with as a boy in the countryside of Thailand. He buys the animal to take it with him on a road trip, back to their shared past.
Thana and the elephant, Pop Aye, are characters you want to take into your heart. Thana approaches others with a warm humanity and his mythical-looking companion is more than just a symbolic figure: the animal has a history and character of its own. These appealing misfits trample through occasionally absurdist or tragicomic scenes that they share with a gentle vagabond who can predict the future, two bureaucratically-inclined police officers and a lonely ladyboy with karaoke aspirations. Winner VPRO Big Screen Award 2017.

Director
Kirsten Tan
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
Singapore
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
102'
Medium
DCP
Language
Thai
Producers
Weijie Lai / E&W Films, Anthony Chen / Giraffe Pictures Pte Ltd
Production Companies
E&W Films, Giraffe Pictures Pte Ltd
Sales
Cercamon
Cinematography
Chananun Chotrungroj
Editor
Lee Chatametikool
Cast
Bong, Penpak Sirikul, Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Chaiwat Khumdee, Yukontorn Sukkijja, Narong Pongpab
Website
https://cercamon.jimdo.com/new-films/pop-aye