THE PERFECT CANDIDATE

HAIFAA AL-MANSOUR

EXCLUSIVELY AT IFI. This film is F-rated.

This film opens on March 27th. Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 23rd.

Maryam (Mila Al Zahrani) is an ambitious young doctor working in a small town clinic in Saudi Arabia. Despite her qualifications, she has to fight for the respect of her male colleagues and acceptance from her patients. After Maryam is prevented from travelling to Dubai in search of a better job, a bureaucratic mix-up leads her to stumble upon an application for her local city elections and she decides to run. With her musician father away on tour playing the first public concerts allowed in the kingdom in decades, she enlists the help of her two younger sisters. Maryam’s audacious candidacy starts to build momentum, challenging the bigoted views of her conservative community. A tight race emerges between Maryam and her male opponent as she and her family rally their determination and creativity to move their traditional society forward.

(Notes by David O’Mahony)

Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.

101 mins, Saudi Arabia, 2019, Digital, Subtitled