Saudi Arabia has Selected Haifaa Al Mansour’s ‘The Perfect Candidate’ as its Official Entry for the 2020 Oscars

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Saudi Arabia has selected Haifaa Al Mansour's The Perfect Candidate as its official entry for the 2020 Oscars in the best international feature category, according to reports.

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