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The Perfect Candidate

Venezia 76 Competition

Director:
Haifaa Al Mansour
Production:
Razor Film Produktion (Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul), Haifaa Al Mansour’s Establishment for Audiovisual Media (Haifaa Al Mansour)
Running Time:
101’
Language:
Arabic
Country:
Saudi Arabia, Germany
Main Cast:
Mila Alzahrani, Dhay, Nourah Al Awad, Khalid Abdulrhim
Screenplay:
Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Niemann
Cinematographer:
Patrick Orth
Editor:
Andreas Wodraschke
Production Designer:
Olivier Meidinger
Costume Designer:
Heike Fademrecht
Music:
Volker Bertelmann
Sound:
Uve Haußig

Synopsis

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.

Director’s Statement

The Perfect Candidate focuses on a female Saudi doctor who challenges the patriarchal system by running as a candidate in the municipal council elections in order to fix the road leading up to her clinic. Through her journey I want to show an optimistic view of the role women can play in Saudi society and the contributions they can make towards forging their own destinies. I want to encourage Saudi women to take a chance and break away from the system that for so long has held us back. Change must ultimately be sustained and driven by the people who are most in need of improvements and increased mobility in their daily lives. The subtext of the film focuses on the need to celebrate and honor our strong cultural and artistic traditions and to let them guide the efforts to develop and modernise the country. All public displays of art have been forbidden in the modern era of the country’s development. As concert halls, movie theatres and art galleries begin to open up across the Kingdom again, it is important to look back at the rich artistic history we almost lost. There is beautiful music and rich imagery that we must revive, restore and reinvigorate within our society. With the opening of cinemas and allowing women to drive in the Kingdom, I want to show how much effort real change will entail. Women will now have opportunities to contribute and participate in a society that kept them on the sidelines for generations. The hardest part now is for women to look beyond the antiquated social standards and limited goals they had previously seen for themselves, to shatter the taboos that hold them back and decide to blaze new trails for themselves and their daughters.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Gerhard Meixner,Roman Paul - Razor Film Produktion GmbH
Oranienburger Str. 50
10117 – Berlin, Germany
Tel. 493084712280
frumpler@razor-film.de
rpaul@razor-film.de
gmeixner@razor-film.de
http://razor-film.de/en/

PRODUCTION 2: Haifaa Al Mansour - Haifaa Al Mansour´s Establishment for Audiovisual Media
8494 Al Mubaraz
36342 – Al Mubarraz, Saudi Arabia
Tel. 966500340646
haifaa.almansour@gmail.com

WORLD SALES: Michael Weber – The Match Factory GmbH
Domstrasse 60
50668 – cologne, Germany
Tel. 49 221 539 709-0
michael.weber@matchfactory.de

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