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The Perfect Candidate
IFC Center
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 11:15 AM
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Admission General Admission - $10.00
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A revealing look at the changing roles of women in Saudi Arabia from director Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda, Mary Shelley), THE PERFECT CANDIDATE follows Maryam, a determined young doctor who runs for city council after 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.

"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

Official selection: Venice Film Festival, TIFF, Sundance Film Festival

Film Details
Country:Saudi Arabia | Germany
Running Time:105
Language:Arabic with English subtitles
Director:Haifaa Al Mansour
Cast:Mila Alzaharni
Khalid Abdulrihm
Accessibility:Assistive Listening
Pull Quote
Pull Quote:"[A] warm, determined political fable."
Writer:Allison Shoemaker
Publication:AV Club