Director Saim Sadiq’s ‘Joyland’, Pakistan’s official entry for the Oscars this year, is all set for a theatrical release in India, according to an upcoming release schedule posted by PVR Pictures, the film production and distribution arm of PVR Group, an Indian multiplex chain based in Gurgaon.
The release will mark the first Pakistani film that would screen in India in over a decade after Shoaib Mansoor’s ‘Bol.’
PVR Pictures has bought distribution rights to the movie, according to reports, and the film is set to release across cinemas starting March 10 — a mere two days before the 95th Academy Award ceremony is to take place.
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Variety had initially reported about the film’s eventual release worldwide, including in India.
‘Joyland’ was announced as Pakistan’s official entry for the Oscars in September last year. Earlier this month, the film was shortlisted by the Academy in the Best International Feature Film category. The nominations will be announced on Tuesday, with the ceremony set to take place on March 12.
Earlier this month, ‘Joyland’ clinched the Best Acting prize at the Palm Spring Film Festival.