Directed by Kirsten Tan| Singapore, Thailand | Thai with English subtitles | 102 mins | 18+
WINNER: SPECIAL JURY AWARD, SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2017
SELECTED: OFFICIAL COMPETITION, SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2017
A downtrodden architect and his long-lost elephant take a road trip across Thailand to find their childhood home in this offbeat and very funny Sundance screenwriting award-winner.
Once a cutting edge architect renowned for his progressive buildings, Thana is having a hard time at work and with his wife. Wandering the streets of Bangkok he comes across Pop Aye, the elephant he grew up with in rural Thailand. Thana promptly buys the elephant and the unusual pair set off on a road trip back towards the idyll of their home village. Along the way they meet fascinating characters, from a wild-haired man who seems to foretell the future to a transgender roadside bar singer. In her debut feature Kirsten Tan has total control, taking advantage of the beautiful scenery, wonderful actors and a charismatic elephant to tell a story that is unsentimental but genuinely moving.
"Like the journey it depicts, the first feature by writer-director Kirsten Tan is unhurried and unforgettable." – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Warm yet unsentimental, graced with the lightest touch of surrealism, this opening-night offering from Sundance’s world cinema dramatic competition is a joy." – VARIETY