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Haifaa Al-Mansour to Direct “The Perfect Candidate”

27 June 2017 11:09 AM, PDT

by Laura Berger, Senior Editor at Women and Hollywood, May 23

Haifaa Al-Mansour: PremiereScene/YouTube“Wadjda” writer-director Haifaa Al-Mansour has lined up her next project. The trailblazing Saudi Arabian filmmaker will helm “The Perfect Candidate,” a drama about a young female physician who “maneuvers through her conservative, male-dominated society to run in the municipal council elections,” Variety reports.

The Perfect Candidate’s” Saudi protagonist is spurred into action after being turned away at the airport “because her travel permission from her male guardian wasn’t up to date,” the source summarizes. Frustrated by the incident, she launches “an absurd campaign, balancing strict social norms, gender segregation, and the influence of her eccentric family.” The Arabic-language project will also feature comedic elements.

The Perfect Candidate” is scheduled to film in Saudi Arabia during the second half of 2018.

Al-Mansour is known as Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker. Her debut feature, “Wadjda, »

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