Haifaa Al-Mansour’s ‘The Perfect Candidate’ Acquired by Music Box Films Ahead of Sundance

Music Box Films has acquired the North American rights to “The Perfect Candidate” from Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al-Mansour, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.The distributor plans to release the film theatrically in 2020 followed by a home entertainment release.“The Perfect Candidate” premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 2019 and was Saudi Arabia’s official submission to the Best International Feature race at the 92nd Academy Awards.

It will next make its U.S.

premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.Al-Mansour is the director of “Wadjda,” which was the first Saudi film to be directed by a woman and the country’s first-ever submission to the Oscars.

“The Perfect Candidate” is Al-Mansour’s return to her home country after a few projects in the English language.

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