Pakistani short film ‘Darling’ is heading to SXSW Festival
After winning big at the prestigious Venice Film Festival, Saim Sadiq’s short film ‘Darling’ is now heading to SXSW Festival this March and it cannot get bigger than this!
‘Darling’ will be screened in Austin, Texas and has also been nominated for the Grand Jury Award.
This exciting news was revealed by the director himself who shared that the team of ‘Darling’ will most likely travel to the SXSW film festival in March.
Saim Sadiq wrote:
Super excited to have Darling’s Texas premiere at the most joyous festival of all! Thank you
Directed by Saim Sadiq, ‘Darling’ became the first Pakistani film to make it to one of the three oldest film festivals: Cannes, Berlin, and Venice. It also won the Best Short Film Award at the Venice Film Festival and was also screened at Toronto Film Fest last year.
South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual conglomeration of parallel film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences organized jointly that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States.
Excitingly, Hollywood film ‘I’ll Meet You There’ starring veteran actor Qavi Khan will also be a contender at SXSW Grand Jury Awards.
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We are beyond excited that Darling is going to have its World Premiere at the 76th Venice Film Festival. It’s the first Pakistani film to screen at the world’s oldest film festival and my cast and crew are over the moon to put it mildly. @labiennale #orizzonti #venicefilmfestival #columbia #pakistan #pakistanicinema
‘Darling’ stars the upcoming actress Mehar Bano and Nadia Afgan. The main lead includes Abdullah Malik as Shani and Alina, played by Alina a trans girl from Lahore who makes her acting debut with this film.
Set in a dance theatre in Lahore, Darling revolves around the story of a young boy and a trans girl. It’s logline says:
An erotic dance theatre in Lahore prepares for a new show just as a sacrificial goat goes missing, a dreamy trans girl vies for the spotlight, and a naive young boy falls in love.o
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