The Perfect Candidate tells the story of a young female Saudi doctor who challenges the patriarchal system by running as a candidate in the municipal council elections and setting up an unusual election campaign.
Haifaa Al Mansour finished her bachelor’s degree in Literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master’s degree in Directing and Film Studies from the University of Sydney.
She is considered the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and her feature film WADJDA (2012) was the first feature film ever to be shot entirely inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Invited to over 40 festivals worldwide, WADJDA garnered numerous awards – among others in Venice, Rotterdam and Dubai.
Maryam – Mila Alzahrani
Selma – Dhay
Abduaziz – Khalid Abdulrhim
Mohammed – Shafi Al Harthy
Director: Haifaa Al Mansour
Script: Haifaa Al Mansour & Brad Niemann
DOP: Patrick Orth
Sound: Uve Haußig
Production Designer: Olivier Meidinger
Costume Designer: Heike Fademrecht
Editor: Andreas Wodraschke
Production Germany: Razor Film Produktion
Production Saudi Arabia: Haifaa Al Mansour Est. for Audiovisual Media
GERMANY FILM FUND:
FFA, MBB, MDM
PRESS & SALES
AWARDS & FESTIVALS
World premiere: International Film Festival Venice, Competition
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Contemporary World Cinema.
BFI London Film Festival, Competition.
Hof International Film Festival.
Athens Panorama of European Cinema
Arab Film Festival