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(Los que desean)

a short film documentary by Elena López Riera,  24', DCP, 2018, color

In the south of Spain, a race of painted pigeons of all colours, will reward not the one who will go the fastest, but the one who will have known how to seduce a female pigeon, and to fly the most time at its sides.


World premiere at Locarno Film Festival


Alciné 2019 (Spain) - Segundo premio

Curtas Vila do Conde Festival 2019 (Portugal) - Grand Prize

Locarno Film Festival 2018 (Switzerland) - Pardino d'oro

Zinebi 2018 (Spain) - Grand award of Zinebi

Abyciné 2018 (Spain) - Short film award

Aguilar de Campoo Film Festival 2018 (Spain) - Critics' Award from Caiman cuadernos de cine

With the support of Office Fédéral de la Culture, the participation of Cinéforom, and the support of the Loterie Romande.

With the support of Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales and of Institut Valencià de Cultura.

Elena López Riera was born in Orihuela (Spain) in 1982. After completing her doctoral thesis on contemporary Argentinean cinema, she teaches comparative literature at the University of Geneva, Carlos III University in Madrid and Valencia.
She has been a member of the selection committee of the Festival international de Belfort Entrevue since 2016, collaborator and consultant at the Seville European Film Festival and member of the selection committee of the Festival Visions du réel, Nyon.


She directed the short films Pueblo (presented at the Quinzaine des réalisateurs of Cannes Film Festival 2015, and Las vísceras (presented at the Locarno Festival, international competition Pardi di domani, distinguished by the Mikeldi Silver Award at the Zinebi International Festival).

Her latest short film Los que desean was nominated for the European Film Awards and won the Pardino d'Oro at the Locarno Festival in 2018.

She participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus of the 2017 Berlin International Festival.

His documentary project «Correspondance» participated in the Arché programme of the Doc Lisboa 2016 Festival.

Elena is currently developing her first feature film El agua. She was selected for the Cinéfondation, residence of the Cannes Film Festival, as well as for Ikusmira Berriak, residence of the San Sebastian Film Festival.
She was also awarded the REC Grabaketa Estudioa Prize, Ikusmira Berriak section of the San Sebastian Festival.



European Film Awards 2018 (Spain) - Nominated for the short film section

Toronto TIFF 2018 (Canada) - Wavelenghts section
San Sebastian Festival 2018 (Spain) - Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section

Reykjavík International Film Festival (Iceland) - International Short Film Competition

Curtocircuito 2018 (Spain)- Péninsule section

Fidocs 2018 (Chili)

Alternativa Barcelona 2018 (Spain) - International Short Film Competition

Gijon International Film Festival 2018 (Spain) - The night of the Spanish short film

Tenerife short Festival 2018 (Spain) - International competition

Frontera Sur Festival 2018 (Chili)

Pravo Ljudski Film Festival 2018 (Bosnia)

Hiroshima International Film Festival (Japon) - International Short Film Competition

Festival Márgenes 2018 (Spain) - Escáner section

Soleure Film Festival 2019 (Switzerland)

Ficunam 2019 (Mexico) - Atlas section

Festival de Málaga 2019 (Spain) - International short documentary competition

Portland International Film Festival 2019 (USA)

Cinéma du réel 2019 (France)

Mecal 2019 (Spain) - Documentary competition

Frame of representation 2019 (UK)

Art of real 2019 (USA)

Busan International Short Film Festival 2019 (Korea)

Athens International Film 2019 (Greece)

D'A Film Festival Barcelona 2019 (Spain)

Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba Int'l Film Festival 2019 (Brasil)

Guanajuato Film Festival 2019 (Mexico)

Cinemajove 2019 (Spain)

Diversion 2019 (Croatia)

Alcances 2019 (Spain)

Film Fest Gent 2019 (Belgium)

Festival International du Film de La Roche-sur-Yon 2019 (France)


Filmnight #4 Whiteframe Basel (Germany)

Spring 2019 du MoMA PS1(USA)

Uniondoc 2019 (USA)

Unam (Mexico)

"Short matters tour" des European Film Awards



Production: Alina film (Suisse) / Salvajes (Espagne)

Script and direction: Elena López Riera
Producers: Eugenia Mumenthaler, David Epiney

Image: Giuseppe Truppi, Elena López Riera, Philippe Azoury
Edit: Raphaël Lefèvre
Sound edit and mix: Mathieu Farnarier
Colorgrading: Rodney Musso
Finishing: Jean-Baptiste Perrin

With the support of Office Fédéral de la Culture,
with the participation of Cinéforom, and the support of the Loterie Romande


"Apoético acercamiento y ajuste de cuentas con la sociedad patriarcal"


"Una idea brillante plasmada con idéntico lucimiento"
Victor Esquirol Molinas

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