May 25, 2022: Pakistani feature film Joyland has managed to win over hearts as attendees at the Cannes Film Festival give a prolonged standing ovation to the movie at its premiere.
The film has been selected for the Un Certain Regard category.
With only a limited number of takes, 14 films in the category, it is a moment of immense pleasure that a Pakistani film made the cut.
Meanwhile, according to Sarwat Gillani, Pakistani actor and Joyland star, the debut screening of Pakistan’s first entry to the Cannes Film Festival felt like “a dream has come true”.
“It felt like the hard work that people do, the struggles that we face as artists in Pakistan, they’ve all come to be worth it,” Gilani told Reuters on Tuesday.
Gilani, a film and TV star best known for her latest series “Churails”, plays Nucchi in “Joyland”, which competes in the “Un Certain Regard” section, a competition focused on more art-house films that runs parallel to the main “Palme d’Or” prize.
Gilani said she hoped Pakistani movie-goers and critics would give “Joyland” as warm a reception as it received in Cannes.
“I’m very positive that at least our people will understand that this is also a kind of cinema that can be successful. If worldwide, then why not locally, nationally,” she said.
The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 17 to 28, with the prizes awarded on the last day.
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