Directed by Pakistani filmmaker, Saim Sadiq, pursuing an MFA at Columbia University, School of Arts, Joyland is a part of Cannes’ Official Selection. Earlier director Saim Sadiq won the Orizzonti Best Short Film award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.
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Sharing his news of the film making it to the Festival De Cannes, Saim wrote on an Instagram post,
“I am so excited to share the first image of the film and deeply humbled that the film is going to have its world premiere at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. Virtual hugs for my cast and crew who deserve this moment and so much more.”
The film on sexual revolution revolves around a happily patriarchal joint family who yearns for the birth of a baby boy to continue the family lineage, while their youngest son secretly becomes a member of erotic dance group and falls for a transsexual starlet.
The story must definitely be one that grabs attention. A Pakistani film making to Cannes is a big achievement and Saim’s work needs to be acknowledged on national level.