by Kirsten TAN (Thailand, 2017)
On Thursday 29th of June, CinemAsia and Rialto co-host the special premiere of the Thai feelgood-drama Pop Aye by Kirsten Tan.
This heart-warming road movie is the feature film debut of the Singaporean director Kirsten TAN, who also wrote the screenplay. A successful debut, according the many prizes she has won including VPRO Big Screen Award during the last IFFR and World Cinema Screen Writing Award during Sundance Film Festival 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. Then 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 hometown. Along the way they meet all kinds of special and flamboyant people that inspires Thana to get his life back on track.
Besides the actor Thaneth WARAKULNUKROH and elephant Bong, an important leading role in this film is the beautifully captures Thai landscape.
The film is English subtitled and our programmer Giulia di Pietro will give a special introduction before the screening. Rialto’s chef Mireille will serve delicious spicy Thai food from 16:30h. Come and enjoy a warm Thai summer evening together with us!