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The Velvet Queen

La Panthère des Neiges

Marie Amiguet/Vincent Munier | 2021 | 92 MINS
France | Subtitles
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Two French adventurers travel the Tibetan Highlands in search of the elusive snow leopard, but this quietly spellbinding documentary is more about the chase than the quarry.

In Detail

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.

More art-house than 'Animal Planet', complete with a sparsely atmospheric score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, it’s a wry, self-effacing awareness that lends an endearingly quixotic air to the quest, and that separates the film from more plainly spectacle-driven nature documentaries of its ilk.

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