Elena López Riera

Switzerland 24 min. min


In the south of Spain, a cloud of pigeons painted in fluorescent colours crosses the sky. On earth, a group of men are passionately watching the flight of birds. They are witnessing one of the oldest local traditions: a pigeon race unlike any other because it is not a question of speed, but of seduction and desire. «Los que desean» is a film about this tradition of pigeon racing , transmitted from generation to generation, but also about a fascinating male community that communicates more through gestures, bodies or silences, than through words. A film about men and birds, about their intimate and impossible relationships.

Session Un Impulso Colectivo – Shorts 5




Short FilmFemale Director


Elena López Riera

(Orihuela, 1982) She is a co-founder of the collective “Lacasinegra”, which makes the feature film ‘Pas à Genève’ (2014), among others. Her first short film, ‘Pueblo’, is screened at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2015. Her last work, ‘Las vísceras’ had its world premier’s at Locarno Film Festival’s Pardo di domani competition.

Filmography: Los que desean (curt, 2018), Las vísceras (curt, 2016), Pueblo (curt, 2015), Pas à Geneve (amb lacasinegra, 2014, D’A 2015)

Elena López Riera

Film information

Original Title: Those who desire
Director: Elena López Riera
Script: Elena López Riera
Contact: Alina Film
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2018
Format: DCP
Length: 24 min. min
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Edition: 2019


Pardino d’oro for the Best Swiss Short Film | Zabaltegi - Tabakalera Prize Special Mention in San Sebastián