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POP AYE

12:30   2:40   4:45   7:00   9:20

Wednesday, June 28 - Tuesday, July 11

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WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY KIRSTEN TAN

A man and his elephant walk into a bar: well, not quite -- but close. POP AYE is the story of a successful Bangkok architect whose late-midlife crisis leads him to an encounter with the elephant (Popeye) with whom he spent an idyllic childhood in the Thai countryside. Together they embark on a road trip to deliver both man and beast to their origins. The local police cite him for not having a permit to travel with an elephant; a transgendered prostitute joins him in a karaoke duet at a roadside dive; and a poetic, possibly delusional, pauper offers companionship. But the real star is the big guy: Popeye lumbers along with great dignity and endless fortitude. He is the center of a mysterious, funny and often absurd universe that while seemingly particular to Thailand is, ultimately, not unlike our own.

SINGAPORE / THAILAND • 2017 • 102  MINS. • IN ENGLISH AND THAI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
KINO LORBER

Reviews

“Writer-director Kirsten Tan has pulled off POP AYE with candor and laid-back aplomb. Warm yet unsentimental, graced with the lightest touch of surrealism. A joy for patient viewers. A journey that is neither the pleasant escape nor spiritual quest that many road movies set themselves up to be.”
– Maggie Lee, Variety

“A tender and sharply etched journey. Loneliness, alienation, the ache of nostalgia and the everyday absurdity of life infuse every encounter in the unconventional road trip. Unhurried and unforgettable. Thaneth Warakulnukroh brings a perfect combination of melancholy, frustration and frayed vitality to the role of Thana. Laced with piercing humor, Tan’s dialogue has a natural sting to match its open-heartedness, echoed in the plangent exuberance of Matthew James Kelly’s score, which sometimes recalls the jangle and twang of Morricone. Every character and relationship is imbued with a fascinating complexity. The full extent of Thana’s connection to the elephant… takes this tale of middle-aged angst to unexpected depths.”
– Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

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POP AYE

Wednesday, June 28 - Tuesday, July 11

Q&As with POP AYE Filmmaker Kirsten Tan

Wednesday, June 28 & Friday, June 30

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