Joyland - English subtitled

Pakistani drama about a married man who falls in love with a trans woman performing at an exotic dance club. Winner of the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Since its premiere in Cannes (as the first ever Pakistani film in the official selection of the festival), 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. His 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 theatre 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.

Saim Sadiq, Pakistan, 2022, 126 min. Punjabi & Urdu spoken, English subtitles. With Ali Junejo, Rasti Farooq, Alina Khan, Sarwat Gilani, Salmaan Peerzada..