Perfect Candidate

Nominee
Golden Lion
Venice Film Festival
Fiery and headstrong...instantly gets you on its side.

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The Perfect Candidate

When Maryam, a hardworking young doctor in a small-town clinic, is prevented from flying to Dubai for a conference without a male guardian’s approval, she seeks help from a politically connected cousin but inadvertently registers as a candidate for the municipal council. She initially sees the election as a way to fix the muddy road in front of her clinic, but her campaign gradually garners broader appeal.

“An enthralling work of subtle power." ~ Rob Aldam, Backseat Mafia

Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival 2020

Official Selection - Venice International Film Festival 2019

Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival 2019
Not Rated
Genre
Drama, Comedy, Women and Film, Politics & World Affairs, Greg's List
Runtime
105
Language
Arabic
Director
Haifaa Al Mansour
Writer(s)
Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Niemann
Cast
Nora Al Awadh, Dae Al Hilali, Mila Al Zahrani, Khalid Abdulrhim
Awards:
Nominee, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival

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aifaa al-Mansour’s best work is fuelled by a love of the open road. In her debut, Wadjda, a 10-year-old dreams of hurtling through Riyadh on a bicycle. Here, Saudi doctor Maryam (Mila Al Zahrani, magnificent), likes to bomb along in her car, and enters politics so that local ambulances will be ...

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