27 Sep – It seems that local filmmaker Kristen Tan's "Pop Aye" is still on its lucky streak.
After its selection as Singapore's representative film in the 90th Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category, Tan's debut feature is now heading for the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF).
Screening under The Japan Foundation Asia Center Presents CROSSCUT ASIA #04: What's Next from Southeast Asia section, the movie is set to make its Japanese premiere at the film festival.
Set entirely in Thailand, the movie stars Thaneth Warakulnukorh as a poor architect who is reunited with his childhood elephant. Together, they then embark on a road trip across the countryside in search of their old home.
"Pop Aye" had also made history earlier this year when it became the first Singaporean movie selected to compete in the Sundance Film Festival as well as the first to win in it.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Tokyo International Film Festival will take place from 25 October till 3 November 2017 at the Roppongi Hills, Japan.