The Perfect Candidate

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The Perfect Candidate

by Haifaa Al-Mansour

Saudi Arabia


Director : Haifaa Al-Mansour

Scriptwriter : Haifaa Al-Mansour, Brad Niemann

Photographer : Patrick Orth

Editing : Andreas Wodraschke, BFS

Sound : Sebastian Schmidt

Music : Volker Bertelmann

Cast : Mila Alzahrani, Dhay, Khalid Abdulrhim, Shafi Al Harthy

Production :
Razor Film Produktion GmbH
Haifaa Al-Mansour’s Establishment for Audiovisual Media

Distribution :
Le Pacte
5, rue Darcet
75017 Paris
01 44 69 59 59
[email protected]

Year : 2019

Screening : 2024

DCP, Color, 104 mn, OV arabic SUBFR

Mostra Venice and Toronto 2019

Maryam is a doctor in a clinic situated in a small town in Saudi Arabia. Although she wants to go to Riyad to apply for a surgeon’s position in a big hospital, she is refused the right to take a plane. Unmarried, she needs an updated authorisation signed by her father, who unfortunately is away. Rebelling against this deprivation of the right to travel, she decides to be a candidate in the local council elections. But how can a woman campaign for an election in this country? “Great changes are needed in the way of thinking, especially as far as women are concerned, for them to understand and integrate the freedom which is theirs to be had. That’s why it was my idea to tell the story of a traditional, culturally conservative woman, who decides to adopt these changes, take advantage of the opportunity and launch out. The path she takes will turn out to be difficult, and a lot of people will criticise her choices, but in the end it will open up new horizons. I want to tell the women of my country that it is so important to plunge into the fray and try their luck, even if they are so very unused to it.” Haifaa Al-Mansour

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