6.5/10 (IMDB)

The Perfect Candidate

1h 44m Drama
The Perfect Candidate
The Perfect Candidate


When Maryam, a hardworking young doctor in a small-town clinic, is prevented from flying to Dubai for a conference without a male guardian’s approval, she seeks help from a politically connected cousin but inadvertently registers as a candidate for the municipal council. Maryam sees the election as a way to fix the muddy road in front of her clinic, but her campaign slowly garners broader appeal.


Haifaa Al-Mansour


Mila Al Zahrani, Dae Al Hilali, Nora Al Awad


Not Rated




Saudi Arabia | Germany


Arabic | English

Main Trailer


  • "THE PERFECT CANDIDATE feels like a film that both represents a new era for women in the Muslim world and also one that will help push that movement forward."
    - TheWrap
  • "THE PERFECT CANDIDATE is a simple story, told without frills or even much in the way of nuance. But it’s socked through with great power, conviction and an underlying hope for a better world."
    - The Guardian
  • "THE PERFECT CANDIDATE is the sort of film I can imagine getting a remake in contemporary America or Britain, with not as many changes as we might assume."
    - The Guardian


  • Malmö Arab Film Festival
  • Florida Film Festival


  • Venice Film Festival
  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • Busan Int'l Film Festival
  • Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival
  • London Film Festival
  • Zurich Film Festival
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Göteborg Film Festival