Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Contenders is precisely what the two young Romanian immigrants in The Contenders are not. This doesn't stop them from giving their all in their attempts to find success in the U.S. In this story, the two men are roommates. They also have the same "day" job: they are dishwashers. Anton wants to be a moviemaker, but has pretensions which are well beyond his abilities. Ivo wants to be an actor, but has seemingly never bothered to do any formal study; he repeats a monologue from the movie On The Waterfront at all his auditions, with predictable results. Anton eventually gets some money to shoot an independent film, and immediately reneges on his promise to cast Ivo in the lead. Ivo, on the other hand, is smitten by the charms of a cute actress who, despite the unlikeliness of her being cast in anything at all, decrees that she will not do nude scenes.