Pakistani filmmaker, Saim Sadiq’s Joyland has made it to the Un Certain Regard category at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Looks like Pakistanis are on a roll. Recently, Pakistani musician Arooj Aftab bagged a Grammy award, the first in Pakistan. Certainly, Saim Sadiq is on a similar journey. His film Joyland is the first Pakistani feature film selected for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France annually.
Saim has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and a graduate degree in film directing from Columbia University. His works include August Sky, The Caretaker, Nice Talking To You and more.
Other contenders from the category include Retour à Séoul by Davy Chou, Beast Riley Keough and Gina Gammell, Burning Days by Emin Alper, Butterfly Vision by Maksim Nakonechnyi, Corsage by Marie Kruetzer, Domingo and the Mist by Ariel Escalante Meza, Godland by Hlynur Pálmason, Metronom by Alexandru Belc, Plan 75 by Hayakawa Chie, Rodeo by Lola Quivoron, Sick of Myself Kristoffer Borgli, The Silent Twins by Agnieszka Smocynska, The Stranger by Thomas M. Wright and Les Pires by Lise Akora and Romane Gueret.
Starring in the feature film alongside actor Ali Junejo, actor Sana Jafri took it to Instagram to announce the film’s nomination with a screenshot from Cannes official website.
Many celebrities and industry experts expressed how proud they felt about the nomination. To name a few, these included Mahira Khan, Sharmeen-Obaid Chinoy, Nimra Bucha, Sarwat Gilani, Mehreen Jabar, and Mehar Bano.
Hopefully, Saim Sadiq’s film will bring the prestigious award home.
Arooj Aftab Becomes First Pakistani Woman to Bag a Grammy. Read the full story here:
Brooklyn-based Pakistani vocalist Arooj Aftab has become the first Pakistani woman to win a Grammy. This also makes her the first Pakistani who has won the award. Aftab has scored her first Grammy for the ‘Best Global Performance’ category. She was nominated for her song Mohabbat, which also made it to the 44th president of the United States, Barak Obama’s summer playlist in July of 2021.
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