“Pop Aye” takes us to Bangkok as we journey with a man and his elephant. Yes, his elephant. Thana (Thaneth Warakulnukroh) is a “once-illustrious architect” whose job and marriage are waning. He happens upon an elephant who he recognizes as a childhood pet and decides to return the large beast to his homeland. The road-trip is like no other as we laugh about his predicaments and grow to love and understand this man in a mid-life crisis.
I had the pleasure to sit down with Kirsten Tan and one of the producers during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to talk about the making of this beautifully rich film. Find out about the logistical difficulties of working with an elephant (ones I’m sure you never thought about) and finding as well as working with a cast comprised of almost all non-actors. Listen to the entire interview here