The Perfect Candidate

by Haifaa Al Mansour

The Perfect Candidate


A determined young Saudi doctor’s surprise run for office in the local city elections sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town's first female candidate.


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 international film ever to be shot inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Invited to over 40 festivals worldwide, WADJDA garnered numerous awards - among others in Venice, Rotterdam, and Dubai.


2019: The Perfect Candidate
2017: Nappily Ever After
2016: Mary Shelley
2012: Wadjda
2005: Women Without Shadows (short)


Mila Alzahrani
Khalid Abdulrahim
Shafi Al Harthy


Directed by: Haifaa Al Mansour
Written by: Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Niemann
Director of Photography: Patrick Orth
Editor: Andreas Wodraschke, BFS
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
Production Manager: Ole Nicolaisen
Production Accountant: Iris Karmaat
Produced by: Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner, Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Niemann

Technical Data

format DCP / colour / 5.1
length 101 min. approx
original language Arabic

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