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1 hrs, 42 mins
Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Penpak Sirikul
Kirsten Tan

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Pop Aye is the charming yet poetically profound story of once-successful Bangkok architect Thana (Thaneth Warakulnukroh), who is disillusioned with his job and his life at home. One day, as he wanders the city, he chances upon an elephant whom he recognizes as Pop Aye, his beloved childhood friend from their rural home town, named after a favorite cartoon. Impulsively buying the elephant on the spot, Thana decides to take him back home, 300 miles away in the Thai countryside. They set off on an adventurous road trip together, rebuilding their bond of friendship. Thana gets into trouble with the police for lacking a permit to travel with an elephant; he is helped by a transvestite prostitute and by a friendly hermit convinced that his days are numbered. Pop Aye was a crowd-pleaser at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Screenwriting Award in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. The debut feature for Singapore-born writer/director Kirsten Tan, who shot in Thailand where she lived for several years. (Fully subtitled)

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