In the south of Spain, a race of colorfully painted pigeons will reward not the one who flies the fastest, but the one who will have known how to seduce a female pigeon and to fly the longest time at its sides.
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.
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.
"Los que desean" (2018) / "Las vísceras" (2016) / "Pueblo" (2015)
Pardino d'Oro en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Locarno por "Los que desean", (Suiza) 2018