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Since premiering and winning the Jury Prize in the 2022 Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival (the first to do so from the Indian subcontinent), Joyland has moved audiences worldwide with its human portrayal of the limits of love in the face of patriarchy. 

Haider rushes his sister-in-law to the hospital, where she gives birth to a girl, devastating the extended family desperate for a baby boy. The brothers’ elderly father is still hopeful Haider and his wife, Mumtaz, despite their unorthodox relationship, will bring them their much-desired male heir. Everything changes, though, when Haider takes a job as a backup dancer at an erotic theater and falls in love with its beautiful transgender star Biba.

Joyland is both a loving portrait of the people of Lahore, Pakistan, and a painful depiction of how traditional gender roles and repressed sexuality harm all. Showcasing incredible performances and shot with a sharp yet kind eye, feature debut writer-director Saim Sadiq crafts an unforgettable cinematic experience about how vaguely understood but powerful societal expectations can destroy an individual, relationship, and family.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    127 minutes
  • Language
    Urdu, Punjabi
  • Country
    Pakistan/United States
  • Director
    Saim Sadiq
  • Screenwriter
    Saim Sadiq
  • Producer
    Apoorva Guru Charan,Sarmad Sultan Khoosat,Sabiha Sumar,Lauren Mann
  • Co-Producer
    Sana Jafri
  • Editor
    Jasmin Tenucci,Saim Sadiq
  • Production Design
    Kanwal Khoosat