Winner of the 2022 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Young Cinema Award
As the happily patriarchal Rana family craves for the birth of a baby boy, the youngest of the Rana men secretly joins an erotic dance theatre and finds himself falling for a fiercely ambitious trans starlet. Their impossible love story slowly illuminates the entire Rana family’s desire for a sexual rebellion. The first Pakistani film to screen at Cannes, Joyland is a heartfelt family drama and romance that reveals the ways social taboos can restrict our true selves. Winner of the Cannes Queer Palm prize for best LGBT, queer or feminist-themed movie.
Director: Saim Sadiq
Writers: Saim Sadiq, Maggie Briggs
Producers: Apoorva Charan, Sarmad Khoosat, Lauren Mann, Tiffany Boyle, Elsa Ramo, Hari Charana
Cast: Rasti Farooq, Sarwat Gilani, Ali Junejo, Alina Khan
Language: Urdu, Punjabi
Running time: 126 mins
Classification: Unclassified 15+
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This screening is presented by the Asia Pacific Screen Academy in partnership with HOTA, Home of the Arts.
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