Joyland, Saim Sadiq’s first Pakistani feature to premiere at Cannes – Reuters

This year 2022 seems to be the year of international recognition of talented Pakistani artists. Following singer Arooj Aftab’s Grammy win this month, a feature film “Joyland” by Pakistani filmmaker Saim Sadiq premiered at the coveted Cannes Film Festival.

Joyland was selected in the Uncertain Gaze category and will be the first Pakistani feature film to be screened at the 75th edition of the international film festival.

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most publicized film festivals in the world which celebrates cinema and highlights the diversity of cinematographic creation through different selections.

Speaking to Aaj News, Joyland’s co-producer and casting director Sana Jafri said the team was “super excited to attend the Cannes Film Festival in May and represent Pakistan”.

“It’s an honor and a pleasure to be nominated at the biggest film festival in the world. Joyland is the first Pakistani feature film to be selected and nominated at the Cannes Film Festival. So it’s not just a proud moment for the cast and crew, but for the whole nation,” she said.

“We look forward to sharing the details of our cast and crew with the world. Insha’Allah, all in due course. Until then, let’s celebrate this historic achievement as our own,” Jafri added.

She also clarified that she was “not an actress in the movie. Some people wrote that but it’s wrong.”

Many celebrities congratulated the filmmaker and the team for the “great achievement”.

Actor Osman Khalid Butt called it a “great moment for Pakistani cinema”.

European Union Ambassador to Pakistan Androulla Kaminara tweeted: “The arts in Pakistan need to be promoted more because the talent I witnessed there is immense but not known enough in the world “.

This will be Sadiq’s second time attending the Cannes Film Festival, he first went when his short film Darling premiered in 2019. The same year, Pakistani filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal’s film Wakhri was part of the Cannes Film Festival. of an accelerated fundraising program at the festival.

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