‘Moment Of Pride!’: Pakistani Film ‘Joyland’ Receives Standing Ovation at Cannes Film Festival [Video]


After making Pakistan proud by making the cut for feature films at the Cannes Film festival, Joyland really put Pakistan on the map.

The film got a standing ovation at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival after its premiere.


Naturally, Netizens are all praise for the Joyland team.



Not only represent Pakistan but also offered a more progressive representation that the average Pakistani film. Joyland cast Alina Khan, a transgender actress, as one of the protagonists

For some this was a silver lining after a series of unfortunate turns.

People even threw shade at Pakistani filmmakers that complained about competition from Western flick Dr. Strange in the Madness of the Multiverse.


Then there was the matter of censoring good films in Pakistan. Like how Pakistan’s submission for the Oscars in 2021, Zindagi Tamasha wasn’t even screened in the country.


More About Joyland

Directed by Saim Sadiq, Joyland is one of the few Pakistani films that made it to Cannes. In the past, Shamoon Ababsi’s Durj made it to the global film festival. As well Pakistani film Wakhri which is a Qandeel Baloch biopic.

The Joyland cast includes some more famed stars like Sania Saeed, Sarwat Gilani, Salman Peerzada, Ali Junejo, and Rasti Farooq.

So what is the film about? The Hollywood Reporter described the movie as;

“A family saga, one that Sadiq uses to observe how gender norms constrict, & then asphyxiate, individuals. What happens to them — individually & collectively — is a process that Sadiq’s film chronicles with aching consideration.”

Is this a film you would look forward to seeing in theaters? Let us know in the comments below.


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