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The Velvet Queen

High up on the Tibetan plateau. Amongst unexplored and inaccessible valleys lies one of the last sanctuaries of the wild world, where rare and undiscovered fauna lives. Vincent Munier, one of the world's most renowned wildlife photographers takes the adventurer and novelist Sylvain Tesson (In the Forest of Siberia) with him on his latest mission. For several weeks, they'll explore these valleys searching for unique animals and try to spot the snow leopard, one of the rarest and most difficult big cats to approach.
Original Title: La panthère des neiges
(NR, 92 min.)

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Friday, January 28, 2022

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In the heart of the Tibetan highlands, multi-award-winning nature photographer Vincent Munier guides writer Sylvain Tesson on his quest to document the infamously elusive snow leopard. Munier introduces Tesson to the subtle art of waiting from a blind spot, tracking animals, and finding the patience to catch sight of the beasts. Through their journey in the Tibetan peaks, inhabited by invisible presences, the two men ponder humankind’s place amongst the magnificent creatures and glorious landscapes they encounter along the way. [Oscilloscope]

Starring: Vincent Munier Sylvain Tesson
Directors: Marie Amiguet, Vincent Munier
Language: French
Genre: Documentary

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"[A] calming, meditative experience."

— Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

"Two French adventurers travel the Tibetan Highlands in search of the elusive snow leopard, but Marie Amiguet's quietly spellbinding doc is more about the chase than the quarry."

— Guy Lodge, Variety

"Gorgeous, humbling, looking out-, up- and inward, the documentary The Velvet Queen is the rare nature film about not only beauty and beasts but also the very human urge to make sense of our place in it all."

— Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

"The movie operates on two basic levels. One is philosophical, as the camera watches two men who are themselves looking through viewfinders experience the sensations of a place where humans rarely disrupt the natural order."

— Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

"This elegant, unusual documentary shifts the role of the game-spotter from that of non-violent hunter — in pursuit of one prized target — to passive but duly wide-eyed observer, accepting but also appreciating the limits of our access."

— Guy Lodge, Variety