The award for Joyland represents a international breakthrough of immeasurable proportions for the comparatively small Pakistani film industr

The award for Joyland represents a international breakthrough of immeasurable proportions for the comparatively small Pakistani film industr

Pakistani film Joyland, written and directed by debutant Saim Sadiq, received the Jury Prize within the Un Certain Regard part of the seventy fifth Cannes Film Festival on Friday, changing into the first-ever film from the subcontinent to bag the award.

Joyland, a drama about a Lahore household within the agency grip of deep-rooted patriarchy, was pipped to the part’s prime award, the Un Certain Regard Prize, by the French film Les Pires (The Worst Ones), helmed by the Paris-based directing duo of Lisa Akoka and Romane Gueret. 

Les Pires is the second female-helmed film in two years to win the coveted award. Last 12 months, the Un Certain Regard prize was received by Kira Kivalenko’s Unclenching the Fists.

The award for Joyland represents a international breakthrough of immeasurable proportions for the comparatively small Pakistani film trade.

Incidentally, Joyland additionally received the Prix Queer Palm, awarded by Jury chaired by filmmaker Catherine Corsini on Friday. One of the central characters within the film is a transwoman performed by a real-life transwoman Alina Khan.

The Un Certain Regard Best Director Award went to the Romanian director Alexandre Belc for Metronom, whereas the Best Screenplay Prize was bagged by the Israeli-Palestinian director Maha Haj for Mediterranean Fever.

Luxembourg actress Vicky Krieps, for her efficiency in Austrian filmmaker Marie Kreutzer’s Corsage, shared the very best performing award with French actor Adam Bessa’s flip in Nathan Lotfy’s Harka.

The Un Certain Regard jury was chaired by Italian producer-director-actress Valeria Golino.

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