Cannes Queer Palme winner 'Joyland' secures UK distribution

Saim Sadiq’s debut feature is the first film by a Pakistani director to win at the Cannes Film Festival and alongside its jury prize, 'Joyland' also won the Queer Palme award at this year's festival on the Croisette.
Cannes Queer Palme winner 'Joyland' secures UK distribution

UK distributor Studio Soho has acquired the UK and Ireland rights for this year’s Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury Prize winner Joyland.

The feature follows a patriarchal family as they yearn for the birth of a baby boy to continue the family line, while their youngest son secretly joins an erotic dance theatre and falls for an ambitious trans starlet. Their impossible love story begins to illuminate the entire family’s desire for a sexual rebellion.

Joyland is the feature debut of writer and director Saim Sadiq whose previous short film Darling won the Orizzonti Best Short Film award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. It stars Ali Junejo, Alina Khan, Rasti Farooq, Sarwat Gilani, Sohail Sameer, Salman Peerzada, and Sania Saeed with Joe Saade, who was cinematographer on Mounia Akl's much beloved Costa Brava Lebanon, serving as DoP.

Joyland will have its UK premiere at London Film Festival on October 6th, as a part of the Sutherland Award -- first feature competition.

The film's theatrical release date hasn't been announced yet.

Studio Soho is a UK film distributor and international sales agent, based in Portland Mews, Soho. Offering theatrical, home entertainment and television sales for independent feature films, produced in the UK and internationally. In the last 12 months alone, the company has released 10 films in over 350 cinemas. From Academy Award Tunisian nominated title, The Man Who Sold His Skin, by Kaouther Ben Hania, to Sadie Frost’s directorial debut Quant, to Cannes Official Selection, Here We Are, Studio Soho is quickly building a reputation for exceptional content.  

That is probably because every project is given a unique and innovative marketing strategy. Studio Soho always releases titles theatrically, ensuring producers see their films on the big screen as they are intended for. The company utilizes Elevation, the country’s-premium DVD distributor whilst also working with the DDA Group to bring personalized marketing campaigns to every title. The team co-ordinate and manage campaigns from start to finish, working together with the producers in a transparent and collaborative way.  

Located in the heart of Soho’s creative district, Studio Soho is a part of Film Soho, a fast-growing talent led film and TV studio. Film Soho is a group of innovative brands that encompass the entire film and TV ecosystem. Soho Talent develop and work with established actors to co-produce content. Captain Dolly is their in-house production company with Sally Phillips and Ronni Ancona. The group boasts the largest dedicated ADR sound stage in Central London under krADR, who work with all the major studios. Film Post, a state-of-the-art sound and picture post-production facility, catering for every stage of post-production. V-Studios, the group's newly announced Virtual Production studio, will produce content for Film & TV, all shot on a custom-built next generation 1.5mm pixel pitch LED volume powered by Disguise and Unreal Engine.

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