LFF 2019 Review: “The Perfect Candidate” Shows Saudi Arabia’s Evolving Women’s Rights Landscape

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“Is this a women’s rights thing?” skeptical onlookers ask a young Saudi doctor who’s announced she’s running for local council in The Perfect Candidate, which recently screened at the London Film Festival. It’s a rather apt question to raise in director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s fourth feature film—and her second made in Saudi Arabia—given the Kingdom’s recent breakthroughs for women’s rights.

Written by Al-Mansour and Brad Niemann, The Perfect Candidate follows a young doctor named Maryam (Mila Al Zahrani), who unexpectedly runs for election to her local town council. Determined to prove herself, Maryam enlists her two sisters Selma (Dae Al Hilali) and Sara (Nora Al Awadh) to help with her campaign (and provide some excellent comic relief). The film not only shows how Maryam’s friends and family meet her run with initial apprehension, but also depicts how the local community wrap their heads around the concept of a female candidate.

Full review on Cinema Escapist

 

 

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13 Underrated Movies You Should Watch at TIFF 2019

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Blockbuster season and summer have both come to an end but, don’t fret, because it’s festival time. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has begun and the selection this year is incredible. While films like Joker, Knives Out and Jojo Rabbit are garnering major awards buzz and coverage, there’s a wonderful selection of independent and international releases just waiting to be discovered.

While there are numerous films that have already been hyped for months now and have had trailers released, such as Ford v Ferrari, Harriet, Lucy in the Sky, The Report and Marriage Story, there are a number of other films deserving of your time that you might not have heard of. So here are 13 films to check out at TIFF 2019, or just to keep on your must-watch list if you aren’t lucky enough to be at TIFF.

Full list on Cultured Vultures