Pakistan’s controversial Oscar entry, “Joyland,” which won awards at the Cannes Film Festival, has finally been released in some theaters as the government lifted the ban.
The film was listed for screening in some cinemas across Pakistan on Friday, except in Punjab, where the Information and Culture Department said it had not screened it “in view of persistent complaints received from various quarters”.
Reviews suggest that cinemagoers have appreciated the “unconventional” theme. The globally acclaimed film tells the love story between the youngest son of a “luxurious patriarchal joint family” and a transgender starlet whom he secretly meets after joining a sexy dance theater. Is.
It is the first Pakistani film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the In Certain Regard Jury Prize and the unofficial Queer Palm in May. It was then presented at the Oscars as Pakistan’s official entry for the International Feature Film Award.