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The Perfect Candidate

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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.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival 2020

Official Selection - Venice International Film Festival 2019

Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival 2019

“Fiery and headstrong...instantly gets you on its side”

Xan Brooks

The Guardian

“An enthralling work of subtle power”

Rob Aldam

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Cast & Crew
  • Mila Alzahrani : Maryam
  • Dhay : Selma
  • Khalid Abdulrhim : Abdulaziz
  • Shafi Al Harthy : Mohammed
  • Directed by : Haifaa Al Mansour
  • Written by : Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Niemann
  • Production Designer : Olivier Meidinger, ADC - VSK
  • Costume Designer : Heike Fademrecht
  • Makeup Artist : Dorothea Wiedermann
  • Sound Designer : Sebastian Schmidt
  • Composer : Volker Bertelmann
  • Editor : Andreas Wodraschke, BFS
  • Director of Photography : Patrick Orth
  • Produced by : Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner, Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Niemann
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2019
  • Release Date : May 1, 2020
  • Countries of Production : Germany, Saudi Arabia
  • Language : Arabic with English Subtitles
  • Running Time : 105 min
  • Screen Ratio : 2.39:1
  • Sound : 5.1
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated

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