The Perfect Candidate

Celebrated Saudi director Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda, LFF 2012) returns to the Festival with an inspiring drama about a young doctor unexpectedly becoming an electoral candidate.

A number of access tickets have been ring-fenced for the BSL screening on Monday 7 October 20:30 at VUE West End Screen 7.

Dir Haifaa Al Mansour
Prod Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner, Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Niemann
Scr Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Niemann
With Mila Alzahrani, Dhay, Khalid Abdulrahim, Shafi Al Harthy
Germany-Saudi Arabia
Sales The Match Factory
With English subtitles

Despite being a highly competent doctor, Maryam’s road is paved with compromises and complications – including a flooded path leading to her clinic, the dangers of which are not taken seriously by local officials. When her attempt to drive to a medical conference is stymied by not having the right papers, she finds her only solution is to sign up to be an electoral candidate, allowing her easy access through road blocks. However, as the responsibility of local politics dawns on her, she ropes in her sisters, one of whom is a wedding videographer, to mount an increasingly visible campaign, challenging Saudi Arabia’s strict social codes and what is expected of a young woman in the country. Meanwhile, her father follows her progress from afar – having received a permit to perform in public spaces for the first time in his career as a musician. His tender but steadfast support of his daughter, coupled with his regret at not being able to share the joy of his own tour with their late mother, is a moving – and timely – reminder that change can be a long process. But in the end, it really is worth the struggle.

Elhum Shakerifar

Additional information

The screening on Monday 7 October 20:30 at VUE West End Screen 7 is an accessible BSL screening for customers who are D/deaf or hard or hearing. The introduction and Q&A will be BSL interpreted.