The Perfect Candidate
A tale of one woman's quest to challenge not only the system but also herself.
After her debut feature Wadjda (2012) broke new ground as the first-ever film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia - and the first made by a Saudi woman - director Haifaa Al Mansour returns to the kingdom with The Perfect Candidate.
Maryam is an ambitious young doctor working in a small town clinic in Saudi Arabia. After Maryam is prevented from traveling to Dubai in search of a better job, a bureaucratic mixup leads her to stumble on the application for her local city elections and she decides to run.
“Essential Film of 2020 ★★★★ “Fiery and Headstrong.“ - The Guardian
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★★★★ - The Independent
★★★★ “A charming, sensitive and important piece of work.” - Film Stories