Saim Sadiq
Fiction : 126' / Trans, Family

As the Ranas - a happily patriarchal joint family - yearn for the birth of a baby boy to continue the family line, their youngest son secretly joins an erotic dance theatre and falls for an ambitious trans starlet. Their supposedly impossible love story slowly illuminates the entire Rana family’s desire for a sexual rebellion.


September 17 | 22h00 | Cinema São Jorge - Sala Manoel de Oliveira Buy Tickets
Feature Film Competition

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Year: 2022

Country: Pakistan

Language: urdu

Subtitles: english, portuguese

With: Ali Junejo, Alina Khan, Rasti Farooq, Sarwat Gilani, Sohail Sameer, Salmaan Peerzada, Sania Saeed

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Saim Sadiq


Saim Sadiq is a Pakistani filmmaker. He graduated in Anthropology at the Lahore University of Management Sciences and has a master’s from the Columbia University School of the Arts. His thesis film at Columbia, Darling, explored the universe of trans dancers, and won the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival, in 2019. His first feature film, Joyland, won the Jury Prize of the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival 2022, so as the Queer Palm.


2022 - Joyland (Feature Film)

2019 - Darling (Short Film)
2018 - Nowhere (Short Film)
2018 - Nice Talking to You (Short Film)

2017 - Pasban (Short Film)
2016 - Blackbird (Short Film)
2015 - The Letters of Mikael Muhammad (Short Film)
2014 - Stepmotherland (Short Documentary)

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