After her debut feature Wadjda (2012) broke new ground as the first-ever film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia — and the first made by a Saudi woman — director Haifaa Al-Mansour returns to the kingdom with The Perfect Candidate, a tale of one woman's quest to challenge not only the system but also herself. Maryam is frustrated after being turned back at the airport because her travel permission from her male guardian is not up to date. She then embarks on an absurd campaign that juggles strict social norms, gender segregation and the influence of her eccentric family.
This incredible, uplifting film was due to be released in cinemas including Sheffield's Showroom before things were disrupted by the lockdown. You can now rent it online directly from its distributor Modern Films for around the price of a cinema ticket. And, the best part, you can nominate to send some of the proceeds in the direction of an independent cinema of your choice – i.e. the Showroom!
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