A spice company announces a nationwide contest where 2000 pressure cookers will be handed out in exchange for 20 labels of one of their products. In Cartagena, Cristobal’s mother, obsessed with securing one, orders him to stand in line; when he arrives, he discovers that thousands more have already been waiting since the early morning hours. Twelve thousand hopeful people sit in the blazing sun for hours on end for their chance of getting a free cooker. All hell breaks loose when the participants begin to suspect that their efforts will come to nothing. Rife with delightfully absurd humour and a roast of machismo culture, The Contestant is a scathing satire of a society pushed to its limits by consumerism. (Preceded by an added screening of THE NIGHT SHINES, Colombia, 20 min. Director in attendance).
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