Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

POP AYE

Year: 2017
Country: SINGAPORE, THAILAND
Language: Thai
Run Time: 102 minutes

POP AYE
POP AYE
POP AYE
POP AYE

Thana was once an acclaimed architect, known for his work on a popular high-rise in Bangkok. But that was decades ago. These days he’s considered old and washed-up by his company’s new boss. At home things aren’t much different. His wife is unfulfilled in bed, and “loving” is not a word you would use to describe their present relationship. One day while aimlessly strolling through the city, Thana sees a street hustler with an elephant. He recognizes the animal as his childhood pet Popeye. Amazed by their unexpected reunion, Thana pledges to return the elephant to his old family farm, where his uncle can care for him. Their road trip from the city to rural Thailand is an incredible journey. Along the way they meet a cast of zany drifters, each providing Thana with some much-needed laughs and companionship. His incredible bond with the magnificent Popeye also grows as the adventure continues. Just when he thought his boring life was all he had to look forward to, Thana’s wild ride in POP AYE is the lightning rod he desperately needs. (In Thai with subtitles) —E.F.

CIFF41 Screenings

Friday, April 07, 2017 at 6:50 PM

Saturday, April 08, 2017 at 2:35 PM

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PAN-ASIAN FILMS

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director
Kirsten Tan

Kirsten Tan is a Brooklyn-based director and cinematographer, originally from Singapore. She holds an M.F.A. in Film Production from NYU.

Filmography
POP AYE (2017)

Producer
Lai Weijie

Screenwriting
Kirsten Tan

Cinematography
Chananun Chotrungroj

Editing
Lee Chatametikool

Principal Cast
Bong, Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Penpak Sirikul, Chaiwat Khumdee, Yukontorn Sukkijja, Narong Pongpab

Community Partner

MotivAsians for Cleveland

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