Haifa Al-Mansour’s ‘The Perfect Candidate’ at Venice Film Festival

Haifa Al-Mansour shoots the Perfect Candidate.

Saudi director Haifa Al-Mansour participates once again in the Venice Film Festival, where she previously presented ‘Wadjda’ film in 2012 with the film ‘The Perfect Candidate, ‘ which tells the story of a Saudi young woman who works as a physician and decides to run for municipal elections in Saudi Arabia and will participate in the official competition.

The festival, to be launched on August 28th, will focus on the status of women, with many of the 21 films participating in the official competition, deal with this topic and the awards to be distributed on September 7th.

Saudi Arabian director, Haifa Al-Mansour’s ‘The Perfect Candidate’ is the only participating film from the region to be competed with other 21 films in the Venice Film Festival.


It’s noteworthy that Haifa Al-Mansour was the first Saudi-female to shoot a film in Saudi Arabia, ‘Wadjda’ in 2012 which tells the story of a rebellious Saudi girl, Waad Mohammad who enters a Koran recitation competition at her school and hopes to win enough money to buy her own bicycle.

The festival is once again attracting big titles such as Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Kristen Stewart, Scarlett Johansson and Catherine Donovan.

The festival will open with ‘The Truth,’ by Hirokazu Kore-eda, starring Catherine Donovan and Juliette Pinochet and will close with ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy‘ by Giuseppe Capotondi.

As has been the custom, many American stars and huge Hollywood productions take part in this event, which has become a key station in the race to the Oscar Awards.

American actor Brad Pitt will walk on the red carpet to present the highly anticipated film ‘Ad Astra’ by James Gray, a fictional film that depicts a man journeys across a lawless solar system to find his missing father, a renegade scientist who poses a threat to humanity.

Robert De Niro comes to promote ‘Joker, ‘ directed by Todd Phillips, who explores the origins of Batman’s famous opponent with Joaquin Phoenix as the clown.