After such a dynamic start with “Wadjda,” Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al-Mansour is set to return to the country to shoot her next work – “The Perfect Candidate”.
The dramedy follows a young female physician who maneuvers through her conservative, male-dominated society to run in the municipal council elections. An absurd campaign, strict social norms, gender segregation and the influence of her eccentric family all come into play.
This is said to be an ironic look at the new developments in Saudi Arabia caused by women being able to be elected on a local political level.
Shooting on the Arabic-language pic is expected to start in the second half of 2018. Roman Paul and Gerhard Meixner will produce.
Al-Mansour has already shot the English-language film “A Storm in the Stars” which looks at the life of “Frankenstein” author Mary Shelley. Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth star in that movie which is likely to debut at the Venice Film Festival in September.