Germany/Saudi Arabia, 2020, 105 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Haifaa Al Mansour, Not Rated, Arabic with English subtitles, Music Box Films
"The Perfect Candidate feels like a film that both represents a new era for women in the Muslim world and also one that will help push that movement forward." —Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"A movie as brave and humble as its heroine, one that gently threads the needle between a realistic today and a better tomorrow." —David Ehrlich, IndieWire
A revealing look at the changing roles of women in Saudi Arabia from director Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda), The Perfect Candidate follows Maryam, a determined young doctor who runs for city councilafter the male incumbent repeatedly ignores her request to fix the muddy road leading to her clinic. Despite her father and her community’s struggle to accept her as their town’s first female candidate, Maryam’s creative and ambitious campaign builds momentum, becoming a symbol for a larger movement.
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