Films

The Contestant

The Contestant, "El Concursante"

World Premiere

Synopsis

Director

It’s 2011 in Colombia, a condiment company has made a promotion offering 2000 pressure cookers in exchange for their products´ empty containers. In Cartagena, Cristobal, a 24 year old guy whose mother is obsessed with the product, joins the queue the night before the promotion starts. He thinks he is at the beginning of the line, but soon realises he is barely in the middle. The fact that the promotion only consists of 2000 pressure cookers does not deter the over 12000 people queuing in Cartagena alone. Shy and unemployed, Cristobal tries to make the most of the time with his new ‘neighbours’.

 

The film tells a story about the birth of a small community within the line and how people share fears and hopes while talking about daily life. They soon build up a kind of brotherhood, however, when they start to realise there won’t be enough gifts for everyone, tensions begin to rise.

 

"The Contestant" is a pleasurably cool film. A bit lousy, crazy and at times funny, the cozy Caribbean pace of the characters helps to enhance the absurdity of the story. Despite the minimal plot and the lazy atmosphere, the strong socio-political references offer solace to those who have suffered some kind of injustice. In his third feature, Carlos Osuna manages to make a sympathetic film that resonates with society on many levels.

Javier Garcia Puerto

Carlos Osuna

has produced more than 10 short films; his first feature film “Gordo, Calvo y Bajito” was presented on major film festivals such as San Sebastian, Chicago, BAFICI, Warsaw, La Habana, Goa, among many others. His second feature film “Sin Mover Los Labios” premiered in Stockholm Film Festival in 2015. "The Contestant" is his third feature film.

Filmography

  • Gordo
  • calvo y bajito ( Fat, Bald
  • Short Man
  • , 2011)
  •   With the Lips Closed (2015)
  • El concursante (The Contestant, 2017)

Schedule

24.11.2017
21:00 - 22:52
Tallinn, 
Kosmos IMAX
Hall IMAX
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 081502
Guests (2)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Carlos Osuna, Producer Juan Mauricio Ruiz
27.11.2017
20:45 - 22:27
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 110502
Guests (2)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Carlos Osuna, Producer Juan Mauricio Ruiz
29.11.2017
19:15 - 20:37
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 131902
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Official Selection

Film info

Country: Colombia
Year: 2017
Duration: 82 minutes
Language: Spanish
Director: Carlos Osuna
Producer: Juan Mauricio Ruiz
Writer: Carlos Osuna
DOP: Ricardo García
Cast: Ronaldo Tejedor Simarra, Elena Díaz, Daniel Moncada, Kissinger Miranda, Brian Villa

Synopsis

Director

It’s 2011 in Colombia, a condiment company has made a promotion offering 2000 pressure cookers in exchange for their products´ empty containers. In Cartagena, Cristobal, a 24 year old guy whose mother is obsessed with the product, joins the queue the night before the promotion starts. He thinks he is at the beginning of the line, but soon realises he is barely in the middle. The fact that the promotion only consists of 2000 pressure cookers does not deter the over 12000 people queuing in Cartagena alone. Shy and unemployed, Cristobal tries to make the most of the time with his new ‘neighbours’.

 

The film tells a story about the birth of a small community within the line and how people share fears and hopes while talking about daily life. They soon build up a kind of brotherhood, however, when they start to realise there won’t be enough gifts for everyone, tensions begin to rise.

 

"The Contestant" is a pleasurably cool film. A bit lousy, crazy and at times funny, the cozy Caribbean pace of the characters helps to enhance the absurdity of the story. Despite the minimal plot and the lazy atmosphere, the strong socio-political references offer solace to those who have suffered some kind of injustice. In his third feature, Carlos Osuna manages to make a sympathetic film that resonates with society on many levels.

Javier Garcia Puerto

Carlos Osuna

has produced more than 10 short films; his first feature film “Gordo, Calvo y Bajito” was presented on major film festivals such as San Sebastian, Chicago, BAFICI, Warsaw, La Habana, Goa, among many others. His second feature film “Sin Mover Los Labios” premiered in Stockholm Film Festival in 2015. "The Contestant" is his third feature film.

Filmography

  • Gordo
  • calvo y bajito ( Fat, Bald
  • Short Man
  • , 2011)
  •   With the Lips Closed (2015)
  • El concursante (The Contestant, 2017)