The Perfect Candidate (PG)

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The Perfect Candidate (PG)

With Audio Description and Descriptive Subtitled versions available.

1h 41mins | Arabic language with English subtitles

Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour

Starring Mila Al Zahrani, Dae Al Hilali, Nora Al Awadh

Venice Film Festival | BFI London Film Festival | Sundance Film Festival

The release is being backed by BFI Lottery Funds

Synopsis

After her debut feature Wadjda (2012) broke new ground as the first-ever film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia — and the first made by a Saudi woman — director Haifaa Al-Mansour returns to the kingdom with The Perfect Candidate, a tale of one woman's quest to challenge not only the system but also herself.

Reviews

Essential Film of 2020 ★★★★ “Fiery and Headstrong“ The Guardian

★★★★ Little White Lies

★★★★ The Skinny

★★★★ “Compelling and timely” Empire

★★★★ “Groundbreaking…powerful parable of feminism at the sharp end” Time Out

★★★★ “a charming, sensitive and important piece of work” Film Stories

★★★★ The Independent

★★★★ Metro

★★★★ Evening Standard

“Smashes the Saudi glass ceiling“ Total Film

“Enthralling work of subtle power“ Backseat Mafia

“A timely, spirited feel-good movie“ Punch Drunk Critics

“A striking achievement“ Cinema Escapist