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A disaffected, middle-aged Thai architect is reunited with an elephant from his childhood in this gently surrealistic and boldly visual debut from Kirsten Tan.

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Dir-Scr Kirsten Tan
Prod Lai Weijie
With Bong, Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Penpak Sirikul
Sales Cercamon

Singaporean director Kirsten Tan’s lightly surreal road-movie finds a man experiencing a mid-life crisis and encountering an elephant he knew from childhood, which reminds him of brighter days. Thana, a saggy, middle-aged architect is demoralised at home and work. He’s increasingly out of step with the new breed of client-focused colleagues, while his professional crowning glory – a high rise building – is due to be demolished to make way for a new development. Whilst walking the streets of Bangkok, he spots an elephant from his family farm. The beast was once magnificent, but is now a cheap tourist attraction. Thana decides to liberate the animal and himself from the shackles of their lives, taking off on a road trip to his childhood home. Tan’s film, executive produced by Sutherland Award-winner Anthony Chen (Ilo Ilo, LFF2013), is a wry, absurdist lament on the cruelty of time and ‘progress’, tackling ageing, nostalgia and unrealised ambition with a vivid sense of style and a warm-natured humour.

Tricia Tuttle

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Kirsten Tan, Director

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