Los que desean
by Elena López Riera
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(Those who Desire) Switzerland, Spain · 2018 · DCP · Color · 24' · o.v. Spanish
In the South of Spain, a multicolored pigeon race will be won not by the fastest bird, but the one who will be able to seduce a female pigeon and fly alongside her the longest.
Winner of the Pardino d’oro Swiss Life 2018 for the Pardi di domani National Competition
In between the countryside and the industrial suburbs, a group of men of different generations are preparing a contest. Among them, a young guy with a white coat seems a bit nervous. His life is ahead. In a few shots only, Elena López Riera delicately sets the context and the rules of an eternal but fragile society that places its fate and hopes into the coloured wings of a bunch of pigeons. Realism and magic arise with an equal grace and poetry in this beautiful film that won the Pardino d’Oro in 2018.
Tizian Büchi · programmer
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Born in Orihuela, Spain, in 1982, Elena López Riera co-founded the collective lacasinegra and directed several short films, including Pueblo, which screened at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2015, and The Entrails (2016), which was selected in Locarno. She was also part of the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2017, as well as Ikusmira Barriak, the residency of the San Sebastián International Film Festival, in 2018.