The Velvet Queen (English subtitles)

The Velvet Queen (English subtitles)

French spoken, English subtitles

Captivating documentary about pursuing the rare snow leopard in the mountains of Tibet. This moving film sheds light on the art of observation – and of being observed.

In a spectacular wilderness, the frozen peaks and valleys of the Tibetan highlands, world-famous wildlife photographer Vincent Munier and travel writer and adventurer Sylvain Tesson go in search of one of the world’s scarcest big cats: the snow leopard. A true master of camouflage, the snow leopard is fully aware of the men and is in no hurry to be caught on film. However, as Munier and Tesson calmly roam the majestic landscape they encounter plenty of equally fascinating fauna. Director Marie Amiguet records the friends’ quest with an eye for natural beauty and an occasional dash of humour.

The Velvet Queen is an enchanting, subdued documentary scored beautifully by Warren Ellis and Nick Cave. It takes us on a deeply philosophical journey with gorgeous images of a place where most of us will never set foot. The film shows us that beauty is always present, ready to reveal itself to those who are truly looking.