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The Perfect Candidate (PG)

Run Time 101 minutes no interval
Price From $19 no BF
Presented By BREC

Saudi Arabia | Subtitles | Drama

BREC is proud to return with the BREC International Film Festival: Summer 2021 from 7th to 31st January.

See what’s screening in this year’s Festival and download the festival guide!

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08 January 2021
8:00 pm
14 January 2021
11:00 am
23 January 2021
2:00 pm
29 January 2021
5:30 pm
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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.

Maryam is an ambitious young doctor working in a small town clinic in Saudi Arabia. Despite her qualifications, she has to earn the respect of male colleagues and acceptance from her patients every day.

After Maryam is prevented from traveling to Dubai in search of a better job, a bureaucratic mix up leads her to stumble on the application for her local city elections and she decides to run.

With her musician father away on tour playing the first public concerts allowed in the Kingdom in decades, Maryam enlists her two younger sisters to begin fundraising and planning campaign events.

While they face the restriction of women’s traditional roles in the Kingdom at every turn, Maryam’s audacious candidacy starts to build momentum and challenges her conservative community. She becomes a phenomenon, first via social media, than by appearing on an interview show and refusing to answer questions on “women‘s subjects” like gardens.

A tight race emerges between Maryam and her male opponent, and despite her father and her community’s struggle to accept her as their town’s first woman candidate, Maryam’s journey starts to become a symbol for a larger movement.

Oscar nominee (Wadjda) and Saudi Arabia’s first woman director Haifaa Al-Mansour, offers us a revealing look at the changing roles of women in Saudi Arabia. With spirit and authenticity, the film offers a rare glimpse into Saudi society.

Cast & Team

Director Haifaa Al-Mansour
WriterHaifaa Al-Mansour, Brad Niemann
Stars Mila Al Zahrani, Dae Al Hilali, Nora Al Awad

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Live Music

Enjoy the sounds of some of our finest South West musicians in the Sky Bar on Thursdays from 5pm, Fridays from 6.45pm and Sundays from 12.45pm.

Tasty Treats

Enjoy the taste of summer with a selection of locally made gelato, award winning South West wine, and other snacks.

Conversation Club

Stay on after the 2pm Saturday screening and join other BREC film buffs in the Sky Bar for a book club style conversation about the film.

“Far from as simple as it first appears, The Perfect Candidate is a complex and engrossing tale of a woman’s struggle to be heard.”