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Country: SAUDI ARABIA, GERMANY
Run Time: 101 minutes
The most recent film from Haifaa Al-Mansour, the vanguard female filmmaker roaring out of Saudi Arabia, delivers her latest politically charged, social realist drama. THE PERFECT CANDIDATE is a steely look at the life of Maryam, a young Saudi doctor who continuously finds her professional ambitions undercut by the country’s male-dominated bureaucracies. When unceremoniously denied a travel visa at the airport, she sets out on a futile hunt to find a male guardian to grant her permission to fly. In an act of sheer fate, this chase leads her to falsely sign up for a local municipal council election. What started as a ploy for a signature quickly turns into a burgeoning passion as Maryam sees an opportunity to enact real change. Timely and fervently political, the film depicts the harrowing, frustrating reality of life as a woman in contemporary Saudi Arabia. With the culture slowly evolving, Maryam stands in for a generation of women for whom change is simply not coming fast enough. (In English and Arabic with subtitles) — R.J.T.
Saudi Arabia’s Best International Feature Film Oscar® Submission
Tower City Cinemas
Monday, March 30, 2020 at 11:15 AM ET
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 6:30 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
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