The Velvet Queen: Snow Leopard
Two French filmmakers travel to the Tibetan highlands to capture footage of the elusive snow leopard. The result is as moving as it is dazzling.
Vincent Murnier is a wildlife photographer and Sylvain Tesson an adventurer. Together, they travel high into the Tibetan mountains in search of an animal that is as much myth as it is real. But Murnier and Marie Amiguet’s film is no mere natural history documentary – a compilation of stunning images from a little-seen part of the world. As the two search for the animal, they engage with the very notion of their endeavour and, more generally, the notion of our fascination with and observation of animals in the wild. Accompanied by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ score – warmer in tone than the pair’s more industrial rock music of late – the film is as much a fascinating inquiry into the reasons we are drawn to nature as it is a compelling portrait of a creature that keeps itself hidden from the wider world.