The Perfect Candidate: Sundance 2020

February 1, 2020



Maryam is an ambitious young doctor working in a small town clinic in Saudi Arabia. Despite her qualifications, she has to earn the respect of male colleagues and acceptance from her patients every day. After Maryam is prevented from traveling to Dubai in search of a better job, a bureaucratic mixup leads her to stumble on the 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, Maryam enlists her two younger sisters to begin fundraising and planning campaign events. While they face the restriction of women’s traditional roles in the Kingdom at every turn, Maryam’s audacious candidacy starts to build momentum and challenges her conservative community. A tight race emerges between Maryam and her male opponent, as Maryam and her family mobilize their determination and creativity to move their traditional society forward.


Official Selection: 2019 Venice Film Festival, 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival 2019
US Release Date: TBD Spring 2020

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Main Cast:

Mila Alzahrani: Maryam

Dhay: Selma 
Khalid Abdulrhim: Abdulaziz

Shafi Al Harthy: Mohammed


Main Crew:

Directed by: Haifaa Al Mansour
Written by: Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Niemann Line Producer: Ole Nicolaisen
Production Designer: Olivier Meidinger, ADC - VSK Costume Designer: Heike Fademrecht
Makeup Artist: Dorothea Wiedermann Recording Mixer: Uve Haußig
Sound Designer: Sebastian Schmidt
Re-Recording Mixer: Olaf Mehl
Composer: Volker Bertelmann
Editor: Andreas Wodraschke, BFS
Director of Photography: Patrick Orth
Produced by: Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner,  Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Niemann

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