Pakistani short film Darling has been selected to be showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as part of the Short Cuts lineup. The director of the film, Saim Sadiq, took to Instagram to make the announcement.
"Super excited to share that Darling will have its North American premiere at Toronto International Festival, 2019. A big thank you to @tiff_net and to the genius of @magsbriggs for this beautiful poster that I am obsessed with," the post read.
The upcoming edition of TIFF will be held from September 5 to September 15, featuring 35 films from film-makers across 30 states and 20 different languages.
Sadiq is currently completing a graduate film degree from Columbia University in New York. His previous short film, Nice Talking to You won the Best Director Award at his university last year.
He said, “I cannot wait to watch Darling and the other many thrilling films in the lineup, and hang on to the tiny, tiny that Yorgos actually might walk into a cinema where Darling is playing too.”
Set in a Lahori dance theatre, the film revolves around a young boy and a trans girl. It features upcoming actor Mehar Bano, Abdullah Malik and Nadia Afgan, alongside a real transgender actor named Alina Khan from Lahore.
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