• Joyland
  • Joyland


by Saim Sadiq Feature Film Competition

While his wife, Mumtaz, pursues her career as a beautician, daydreamer Haider has been unemployed for some time. With neither job nor offspring, he falls far short of the expectations placed on him by his extended traditional Pakistani family. When one day Haider unexpectedly gets hired as a backup dancer in the show of the charismatic transsexual dancer Biba, his life takes a sudden turn: From initial fascination, a romance soon develops between the two that is as sweet as it is forbidden. In his multifaceted debut JOYLAND, director Saim Sadiq tells an explosive love story set against the backdrop of a patriarchal social order.

About the director(s)

The Pakistani Saim Sadiq graduated with a degree in anthropology before studying at Columbia University School of the Arts. His short film NICE TALKING TO YOU (2018) was part of the SXSW's official selection, and was shortlisted for the BAFTA Student Award. DARLING (2019) screened at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film. His feature film JOYLAND was the first Pakistani film to screen at Cannes, where it won both the Jury Prize and the Queer Palm.

Filmography (selection): Joyland (2022) | Darling (short film, 2019) | Nowhere (short film, 2018) | Nice Talking to You (short film, 2018)

About the director(s)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Country, Year: Pakistan, 2022
  • Runtime: 126 Min
  • Languages: Urdu, Punjabi
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Director: Saim Sadiq
  • Cast: Ali Junejo, Alina Khan, Rasti Farooq, Sarwat Gilani, Salman Peerzada, Sohail Sameer, Sania Saeed
  • Screenplay: Saim Sadiq, Maggie Briggs
  • Cinematography: Joe Saade
  • Editors: Jasmin Tenucci, Saim Sadiq
  • Sound: Faiz Zaidi
  • Music: Abdullah Siddiqui
  • Producers: Apoorva Charan, Sarmad Khoosat, Lauren Mann, Kathryn M. Moseley, Oliver Ridge, April Shih, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Ramin Bahrani, William Olsson, Jen Goyne Blake, Tiffany Boyle, Elsa Ramo, Hari Charana Prasad, Sukanya Puvvula, Oleg Dubson, Kathrin Lohmann, Owais Ahmed, Sana Jafri
  • Production Companies: all caps, Khoosat Films
  • World Sales: Film Constellation
  • Swiss Distribution: trigon-film
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