Saim Sadiq’s debut feature is the first film by a Pakistani director to win at the Cannes Film Festival. Alongside its jury prize win, JOYLAND won the Queer Palme award at Cannes.
The feature follows a patriarchal family as they yearn for the birth of a baby boy to continue the family line, while their youngest son secretly joins an erotic dance theatre and falls for an ambitious trans starlet. Their impossible love story begins to illuminate the entire family’s desire for a sexual rebellion.
JOYLAND is the feature debut of writer and director Saim Sadiq whose previous short film “Darling” won the Orizzonti Best Short Film award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. The film stars Ali Junejo, Alina Khan, Rasti Farooq, Sarwat Gilani, Sohail Sameer, Salman Peerzada, and Sania Saeed. Cinematography is by Joe Saade (“Costa Brava Lebanon,” “Broken Keys”).
JOYLAND will have its UK premiere at London Film Festival on October 6th as a part of the Sutherland Award (first feature competition).