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The Perfect Candidate

Saudi Arabia | Drama

From Saudi Arabia’s first woman director, Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda, Mary Shelley), The Perfect Candidate follows Maryam, a young doctor, who decides to stand for local council but encounters significant setbacks.

Maryam, an ambitious young doctor, is running in the municipal elections with the simple goal of repaving a damaged road.  Al-Mansour cleverly shows Maryam’s family connections (which assist her campaign) as well as exposing differences and intolerances encountered at work (which fuel her defiance to pursue political office). This is a compelling film about a conservative society and a woman trying to forge independence within it.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Cast: Mila Al Zahrani, Dae Al Hilali, Nora Al Awad
Duration: 104 mins
Rating: PG
Country: Saudi Arabia
Official selections: Venice, Toronto, London, Sundance, Adelaide

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Friday 16 April, 12.15pm – Theatre 1, HOTA Home of the Arts

Tuesday 20 April, 3pm – Theatre 1, HOTA Home of the Arts

Sunday 25 April, 4pm – Theatre 1, HOTA Home of the Arts

Tickets: $17 adults, $14 concession


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