Joyland 2022

Directed by Saim Sadiq Widescreen

A married man falls for a glamorous trans dancer in this daring and emotionally intense love story from Pakistani first-time writer-director Saim Sadiq.

Aug 12
Sold Out

Light House Cuba

Aug 13

The Roxy Cinema

Pakistan In Urdu with English subtitles
126 minutes DCP
Sexual material, suicide, offensive language & content that may disturb

Director, Screenplay


Apoorva Charan, Sarmad Khoosat, Lauren Mann


Jo Saade


Jasmin Tenucci, Saim Sadiq


Abdullah Siddiqui


Ali Junejo (Haider), Alina Khan (Biba), Rasti Farooq (Mumtaz), Sarwat Gilani (Nucchi), Sohail Sameer (Saleem), Salman Peerzada (Rana Amanullah), Sania Saeed (Fayyaz)


Cannes (Un Certain Regard), Sydney 2022


Queer Palm & Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2022


Winner of this year’s Queer Palme and the first ever Pakistani film chosen for Cannes official selection, Saim Sadiq’s luminous crowd-pleaser chronicles a family suffocated by societal conventions. The extended Rana clan all live in the same townhouse, comprising of their stern patriarch, his eldest son Saleem and his pregnant wife Nucchi with three daughters, youngest son Haider and his wife Mumtaz. When Haider secretly joins an erotic dance cabaret and falls for ambitious trans starlet Biba, family ties begin to strain… — Michael McDonnell

 “Discouraged identities and taboo desires emerge tentatively into the open in Joyland, but unlike in many a coming-out drama, there’s no identified villain or oppressor – just an uncertain world in its own state of societal and generational transition. Pakistani writer-director Sadiq's confident, expressive debut feature is conscientiously fair to everyone in its Lahore-set domestic melodrama of secrets, lies and unforeseen self-discovery… Tartly funny and plungingly sad in equal measure, this is nuanced, humane queer filmmaking, more concerned with the textures and particulars of its own intimate story than with grander social statements – even if, as a tale of transgender desire in a Muslim country, its very premise makes it a boundary-breaker.” — Guy Lodge, Variety