Directed by Saim Sadiq
Starring Ali Junejo, Alina Khan, Rasti Farooq, Sarwat Gilani, Sohail Sameer, Salman Peerzada, and Sania Saeed
In the heart of the metropolitan yet conservative city of Lahore lives the Rana family, a lower middleclass family comprising of the old patriarch, the elder son and pregnant wife with three daughters, and the youngest son Haider and his wife Mumtaz.
As the Rana’s eagerly anticipate the birth of a baby boy to continue their family line, Haider secretly takes up a job as a background dancer at an erotic theatre where he is drawn to an ambitious trans starlet, Biba. Slowly yet suddenly, Haider and Biba are engulfed in a secret summer romance which surreptitiously takes over his home, unravelling the dichotomy between desire and morality for the entire Rana family.
Joyland is the first Pakistani feature to premier at the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard and won the Jury Prize at the festival. The film is currently banned in the province of Punjab where the film is set.