Maryam is an ambitious young doctor working in a small town clinic in Saudi Arabia. After Maryam is prevented from traveling to Dubai in search of a better job, a bureaucratic mixup leads her to stumble on the application for her local city elections and she decides to run.
Trailblazing director Haifaa al-Mansour, whose debut Wadjda marked several milestones for Saudi filmmaking, returns to her homeland for this story of feminine defiance. The Perfect Candidate is a sensitive political drama that challenges patriarchal norms and finds hope in confrontation.
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Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States