France Gives Pakistan’s ‘Joyland’ Oscar-Qualifying Bow After Local Ban – The Hollywood Reporter

Pakistan’s Oscar hopeful JoylandBanned from films in its home country, it will get a theatrical run in France, meaning it could still qualify for the Academy Awards race.

French distributor Condor Films will give Sime Sadiq’s drama a one-week Oscar-eligible release in theaters starting Nov. 18, ahead of its scheduled, long-awaited release in France in December.

Joyland It was Pakistan’s official submission for the Oscars in the Best International Feature category, but just a week before its local theatrical release, Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting banned the film.

The film, which partly describes a love story between a young man and a trans woman, was cleared by the country’s censors, but the information ministry overruled them, saying the film contained “highly objectionable material” and could not be screened. Cinemas. The move follows a social media campaign alleging that the film is against Pakistani and Islamic social values.

Ban threatened Joylandtheir Oscar chances, since all international feature contenders must have at least a seven-day theatrical run in their country of origin or a similar run outside their home country to qualify for the Academy Awards.

Joyland It premiered at Cannes, where it won the Jury Prize for Uncurtain Regard. International sales of the film are being handled by Film Constellation, with North American rights with WME Independent.

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