• The Perfect Candidate

The Perfect Candidate

by Haifaa Al Mansour Gala Premieres

Young Saudi Arabian doctor Maryam has had enough. Once again, her travel permit was refused while the access road to the clinic is still not tarmacked after years of waiting. Maryam is no longer willing to accept the miserable conditions that surround the hospital nor her limited opportunities as a woman. If no one else is willing to make a change, she will take things into her own hands. Both outraged and determined, Maryam becomes the first female candidate for the city council. A surprise, not only for the long-term male incumbent, but also for her own family. Seven years after her wonderful debut WADJDA, director Haifaa Al Mansour returns with an amusing, sensitive and optimistic portrayal of a courageous woman caught between strict tradition and cautious emancipation in the patriarchal environment of her home country.


  • Genre: Drama
  • Country, Year: Saudi Arabia, Germany, 2019
  • Runtime: 101 Min
  • Languages: Arabic
  • Subtitles: English, German
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  • Director: Haifaa Al Mansour
  • Cast: Mila Alzahrani, Dhay , Nourah Al Awad, Khalid Abdulrhim
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  • Screenplay: Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Niemann
  • Cinematography: Patrick Orth
  • Editor: Andreas Wodraschke
  • Sound: Uve Haußig
  • Music: Volker Bertelmann
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  • Producers: Roman Paul, Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Niemann, Gerhard Meixner
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  • Production Companies: Haifaa Al Mansour’s Establishment for Audiovisual Media, Razor Film Produktion GmbH
  • World Sales: The Match Factory GmbH
  • Swiss Distribution: DCM Film Distribution Schweiz GmbH
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