The queen of my dreams’: Pakistani film set to shine at Toronto International film festival.

The Pakistani film “The Queen of My Dreams” is set for its premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 8, as officially announced.

This comedic drama follows the story of Azra, a Pakistani woman residing in Toronto who struggles to connect with her conservative mother. However, when Azra’s father unexpectedly passes away during a trip to Pakistan, she embarks on a Bollywood-inspired journey through real and imagined memories. These memories take her from her mother’s youth in Karachi to her own coming-of-age experiences in rural Canada.

Directed by Fawzia Mirza, the film boasts a star-studded cast including Amrit Kaur, Nimra Bucha, Hamza Haq, Gul e Rana, Ali A Kazmi, Meher Jaffri, Bakhtawar Mazhar, Adnan Jaffar, and more.

Fawzia Mirza expressed her excitement, stating, “I always dreamt of making a feature film in Pakistan, and this entire experience was a dream come true.”

What makes this film even more unique is its cross-border collaboration. Pakistani producers Kamil Chima and Carol Noronha teamed up with Canadian producers Jason Levangie, Marc Tetreault, and Andria Wilson Mirza. They filmed for 30 days in Karachi, Pakistan, followed by a 10-day shoot in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The film’s production involved the collaboration of Canadian cinematographer Matt Irwin and Production Designer Michael Pierson, along with Karachi-based talents Cyrus Kyranjia and Imran Naeem, Fizza Ejaz and Faiz Rohani, and Minahil Chima and Nanson Gill. This collaboration brought to life the film’s multiple time periods.

The Pakistan team also included 1st AD Farjad Akhtar and Unit Production Manager Ameer Hamza, who previously worked with Noronha on “In Flames,” which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Additionally, Anam Abbas, producer of “In Flames,” serves as an Executive Producer on “The Queen of My Dreams.”


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“‘The Queen of My Dreams’: Pakistani Film Set to Shine at Toronto International Film Festival”