The Perfect Candidate
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour Run Time: 104 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021
Starring: Dae Al Hilali, Khalid Abdulraheem, Mila Al Zahrani, Nora Al Awad
Country: Saudi Arabia
Language: Arabic, English
About the film:
Official selection of Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Venice International Film Festival. 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. Maryam sees the election as a way to fix the muddy road in front of her clinic, but her campaign slowly garners broader appeal.