Pop Aye


Thursday, Nov. 9 at 9:00pm
Friday, Nov. 10 at 7:05pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

In “Pop Aye,” a successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew growing up. The two embark on a road trip to the man's childhood home in the idyllic Thai countryside. Along the way, they meet a colorful cast of characters that includes a pair of nonplussed local police officers, a forlorn transgender sex worker, and a mysteriously wise drifter. As the encounters mount and the bond between man and elephant deepens, filmmaker Kirsten Tan weaves a strikingly universal tale in a feature debut that won prizes (and hearts) at the Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals. “Filmmaker Kirsten Tan riffs on the tropes of both the buddy film and the road trip movie in her absurd yet subtly observed feature debut,” writes the Washington Post, which hails “Pop Aye” as “the thinking person’s feel-good film of the summer: Much is communicated nonverbally (or, at most, with sparse dialogue). The palpable bromance — if that’s even the right word for this interspecies relationship — is visible in each trunk nuzzle.”

104 min.

Directed by

Kirsten Tan

Film Category

Asian Focus International Spotlight Oscar® Submissions Women in Film Spotlight



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