Joyland

Directed by Saim Sadiq
Pakistan2022
Friday, 11 November 22 - 4:00pm
@ Cineworld
Too Late!

Saim Sadiq’s vibrant, heart-lifting debut made history earlier this year as the first Pakistani film ever to premiere in the official selection at Cannes, and its trail-blazing doesn’t stop there.

An open-hearted queer romance, it stars winning newcomer Ali Junejo as Haider, the unemployed misfit youngest son of an extended Lahore family, whose life finally clicks into place when he takes a job as a backing dancer for transgender club performer Biba (Alina Khan). A relationship blossoms between the two, but this is more crucially a story of self-realisation against a backdrop of changing cultural norms — observed with warm humour and human interest by Sadiq, expanding his acclaimed, trans-themed 2019 short Darling. Beautifully shot in iridescent dyed-silk tones, meanwhile, Joyland also serves as a luminous screen valentine to the city of Lahore itself, in all its density and diversity.

Showings

Friday, 11 November 2022 - 4:00pm @ Cineworld