5. El Deseo's “Itinerary“

Almodóvar and the Spanish Film Industry

  1. Marvin D'Lugo and
  2. Kathleen M. Vernon
  1. Marina Díaz López

Published Online: 21 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch5

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

How to Cite

López, M. D. (2013) El Deseo's “Itinerary“, in A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar (eds M. D'Lugo and K. M. Vernon), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405195829

Online ISBN: 9781118325360



  • Almodóvar;
  • El Deseo;
  • Itinerary;
  • Latin American co-production;
  • Spanish film industry


This chapter provides insight into the work of El Deseo as the creative home where Pedro Almodóvar has been able to create his work freely and without the usual constraints of the Spanish industrial mode of film production. The audiovisual market has confronted multiple threats and challenges during the period since El Deseo began. With the recently achieved expertise gained from the international distribution of Almodóvar´s films, in the late 1990s the company began to back associations with several Latin American directors whose works and career paths also have an undeniable international vision. The motion pictures and documentaries produced by El Deseo take their place in a panorama of audiovisual productions, Spanish and international, recognizable for their perfectly calibrated exploitation of the resources put at their disposal.