Film - Spotlight Filmfest 2017


Directed by Kirsten Tan


Director: Kirsten Tan
Section: Spotlight
Country: Singapore, Thailand
Year: 2017
Language: Thai
Version: Original version with German subtitles, Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Bong, Penpak Sirikul, Chaiwat Khumdee, Yukontorn Sukkijja



The rapid-paced changes gripping the world, leaves an elephant cold. Maybe that's why Thana, freshly unemployed Bangkok architect, is so attached to his childhood buddy Pop Aye, purchasing him from a street vendor and heading out for his native village with his portly pachyderm – away from the noise, stress and competition of the capital. The fact his country home turns out to be less romantic than expected is one of the many realistic observations which earned the screenwriting award in Sundance for Singaporean filmmaker Kirsten Tan.

PLEASE NOTE: This film will be screened in the original with English subtitles on June 23. The screening on June 24 will be screened in the original with German subtitles.

Meet the director


Kirsten Tan

Kirsten Tan's works have screened at film festivals in Singapore, Rotterdam, Toronto, and Busan. Spotlighted by CNN's "Ones to Watch," she has received numerous international awards, including Best Southeast Asian Short Film for DAHDI (2014), and Best Director for FONZI (2007) at the Singapore International Film Festival. Her debut feature, POP AYE, developed at Berlinale Talents, TorinoFilmLab, where it won the Production Award, and Cannes Atelier, premiered in competition at Sundance 2017, where it won Best Screenplay.


Screenplay: Kirsten Tan
Director of Photography: Chananun Chotrungroj
Film Editor: Lee Chatametikool
Composer: Matthew James Kelly
Production Designer: Rasiguet Sookkarn
Costume Design: Visa Kongka
Sound: Lim Ting Li
Producer: Lai Weijie, Deng Li, Zhang Jianbin, Huang Wenhong
Production Company: New Influence Century Films, Giraffe Pictures
Co-Producer: Soros Sukhum
Co-Production Company: E&W Films Production, A Girl And A Gun, 185 Films
World Sales: CERCAMON
Distributor: NFP marketing & distribution GmbH