Pop Aye

Times:

  • 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Friday, September 8, 2017

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

To open its 2017-18 season, Fresno Filmworks presents “Pop Aye,” a road film about a disenchanted architect named Thana who bumps into his long-lost elephant, Popeye, on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand. After buying the elephant, Thana decides to travel back to the farm where the two grew up together, hoping to make sense of his career and marital troubles. Traveling across Thailand, Thana and Popeye deal with countless mishaps and meet colorful characters along their life-changing journey. Winner of the Special Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, “Pop Aye” is also the directorial and screenwriting debut of filmmaker Kirsten Tan. Starring Penpak Sirikul, Thaneth Warakulnukroh, and Bong the Elephant as Popeye. Presented in Thai, with English subtitles. Closed Captioning and other assistive listening services are not available for this film.

Director: Kirsten Tan
Thailand/Singapore • 102 minutes • Not rated
Distributor: Kino Lorber


Filmworks thanks K-Jewel 105.5 FM, The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle, and Stella Artois for their ongoing support.

Reviews

"The experiences in 'Pop Aye' augment a journey that is neither the pleasant escape nor spiritual quest that many road movies set themselves up to be." — Maggie Lee, Variety
"The hometown-bound peregrinations through Thailand of a city man and his elephant make for a tender and sharply etched journey. Loneliness, alienation, the ache of nostalgia, and the everyday absurdity of life infuse every encounter in the unconventional road trip." — Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter
"The experiences in 'Pop Aye' augment a journey that is neither the pleasant escape nor spiritual quest that many road movies set themselves up to be." — Maggie Lee, Variety
"The hometown-bound peregrinations through Thailand of a city man and his elephant make for a tender and sharply etched journey. Loneliness, alienation, the ache of nostalgia, and the everyday absurdity of life infuse every encounter in the unconventional road trip." — Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.