Joyland, Pakistan’s Cannes Award-winning and potential International Oscar contender, has gained yet another foreign supporter. Sean Baker, who has worked on the movies The Florida Project, Red Rocket, and Tangerine, expressed his appreciation for the US distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories’ choice to release the movie there on Twitter.
Taking to Twitter, the filmmaker tweeted, “Great news. Oscilloscope is releasing Saim Sadiq’s beautiful film. Happens to be the first Pakistani film to be shortlisted for the Oscars.”
As they are proud to release the highly “captivating and essential” Pakistani film, Oscilloscope Laboratories also tweeted that Joyland has joined their “O-Scope family.” Additionally, the distribution company disclosed that it will be shown in theatres this year.
Great news. Oscilloscope is releasing Saim Sadiq’s beautiful film. Happens to be the first Pakistani film to be shortlisted for the Oscars. https://t.co/dG6glyERa1
— sean baker (@Lilfilm) January 8, 2023
The official Instagram account of film Joyland re-shared Baker’s tweet and wrote, “We love Florida Project, Tangerine and Red Rocket and to have the support of the filmmaker who gave us these gems means the world. Thank you Sean Baker.”
For those who don’t know, rapper Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys owns Oscilloscope Laboratories, an independent film distribution company. The business, which is based in New York, has a recording studio and filmmaking resources.
Joyland is also being named to the Oscars’ Best International Feature Film shortlist. This year, it will compete at the 95th Academy Awards in March alongside films like Argentina’s Argentina, 1985, Austria’s Corsage, France’s Saint Omer, among others.