The trailer for Saim Sadiq’s feature film directorial debut ‘Joyland’ —which won top prizes at the prestigious Cannes film festival this year —is finally out, and it does not disappoint.
The teaser trailer was released today (Wednesday) and offers us a 40-second glimpse into what the movie will offer. The trailer is captioned, “Take a first glimpse into the exciting and emotional world of Joyland that delves deep into the challenging complexities of desire and patriarchy, through the story of the Rana family.”
The movie stars Ali Junejo, Rasti Farooq, Alina Khan, and Sarwat Gilani. The story revolves around the themes of patriarchy, queerness, and gender and identity. It follows the story of Haider, the youngest son of a typical middle-class patriarch who wants nothing more than his two sons to give grandsons. However, unbeknownst to his father, Haider becomes the backup dancer for a transgender dancer, and eventually the two fall in love.
The film won the top prize at the Un Certain Regard, a section of the Cannes film festival dedicated to young, up-and-coming talent and films about marginalized themes.
It was both written and directed by Saim Sadiq, and features Sana Jafri as a co-producer, as well as an original score by Abdullah Siddique.
‘Joyland’ is set to release in theatres all over Pakistan on November 18.