Pakistani Saim Sadiq’s feature debut, “Joyland,” the first Pakistani film to be selected in Cannes, received a standing ovation after it premiered in the festival’s Un Certain Regard strand.
The film celebrates ‘transgenedr culture’ in Pakistan and tells the story of a family torn between modernity and tradition in contemporary Lahore.
Videos widely shared on social media showed the film getting a nearly 10-minute-long standing ovation.
“Standing ovation for ‘Joyland,’” actress and screenwriter Rose Harlean said.
Pakistani filmmaker Nabeel Qureshi congratulated Sadiq on the achievement.
“Such a moment of pride to see #Joyland receive a standing ovation at Cannes, and the immense praise its received,” actor Osman Khalid Butt posted.