Thu Oct 20, 8:30 PM
Director: Saim Sadiq
126 minutes
Unclassified 15+

“A daring queer Pakistani drama about desire.” (Variety)

The first Pakistani film to screen at Cannes, Joyland is a visually layered, heartfelt hybrid family drama/romance that gently hones in on the ways social taboos can restrict our true selves. The happily patriarchal Rana family live in the heart of the metropolitan yet conservative city of Lahore. As they eagerly anticipate the birth of a baby boy to continue the family line, youngest son Haider secretly takes up a job as a background dancer at an erotic theatre where he is drawn to an ambitious trans starlet, Biba. Their impossible love story slowly illuminates the entire Rana family’s desire for a sexual rebellion.

Winner: Queer Palm, Cannes 2022

“…a bittersweet and melancholic interrogation of sexuality and gender roles that pulls very few punches.” – RogerEbert.com

“…impresses with its sensitive storytelling and vibrant visuals.” – Variety

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Program Strand OzAsia, World Cinema
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Language Urdu, Punjabi
Subtitles English
Director Saim Sadiq
Producer Apoorva Charan, Sarmad Khoosat, Lauren Mann, Tiffany Boyle, Elsa Ramo, Hari Charana
Writer Saim Sadiq, Maggie Briggs
Cinematographer Joe Saade
Editor Jasmin Tenucci
Cast Ali Junejo, Alina Khan, Rasti Farooq
Genre Drama, LGBTQIA+, Transgender