In the south of Spain, a colourfully-painted pigeon race rewards not the pigeon who flies the fastest, but the one who manages to seduce a female pigeon and fly by her side the longest.
One of the regulations of the Pigeon-Training Federation that runs the pigeon races featured in “Los Que Desean” stipulates that these competitions are not based on speed but on desire. Elena Lopez Riera’s film embodies this rule in that her film implicitly scrutinises what seems to hide in the depths of the hearts of the men she films. Observing the ancestral game gives way to looking at those that champion it: mirroring their birds, we watch the emergence of what is almost a mating dance by these male characters, glowing in the twilight of the Valencian countryside.
Programming coordinator at Visions du Réel - International Film Festival Nyon
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