Pakistani film Joyland, first feature film premiered at Cannes

pakistani movie joyland is the first feature film to be selected in the official section of the “Un Certain Regard” category at the coveted Cannes Film Festival. Director Saim Sadiq made his feature film directorial debut with Joyland.

Sadiq has already won an award for his short film. His film Darling won the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.

joyland is a film about the sexual revolution that revolves around a fortunately patriarchal family who yearn for the birth of a baby boy to continue the family line. Meanwhile, the youngest son secretly joins an erotic dance group and falls in love with a trans person who leads the troupe. The film starring Ali Junejo, Alina Khan, Rasti Farooq, Sarwat Gilani, Sohail Sameer, Salman Peerzada and Sania Saeed is a story that illuminates the family’s desire for sexual rebellion through the duo’s impossible love story.

Screening of the Pakistani film Joyland in Cannes

“So excited to share the first image of JOYLAND and deeply touched that the film is having its world premiere at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. Virtual hugs for my cast and crew who deserve this moment and so much more,” Sadiq wrote in an Instagram post revealing the first image of the film.


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In an interview, the director praised the film’s cast and said they did the characters justice. “My amazing casting gave the characters joyland a kind of empathy and humanity that a filmmaker can only hope for,” Sadiq said.

The Franco-British company Film Constellation will be in charge of the film’s international sales. The company’s CEO told Screens, “Saim has woven a tender and sensual family tale of modern times, struggling against the weight of fabricated gender roles,” and added, “It exudes a shared desire to live and love without compromise.

Actress Sana Jafri who appears in the film also couldn’t contain her excitement. Sharing a story on Instagram, the actor wrote: “Yeah guys it’s real. It happened, history was recreated. Pakistani feature debut at Cannes Film Festival!

Earlier, the film by Pakistani-American filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal Wakhri– which is about an accidental social media star who learns the high cost of wearing masks in the real world – had made it to the festival.

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