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  • Dirs. Marie Amiguet and Vincent Munier
  • France
  • 2021
  • 92 min.
  • NR
  • DCP

In French with English subtitles

  • Assistive Listening
  • Subtitled
  • Hearing Loop

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.

Deeply moving images of pristine landscapes and the marvelous creatures populating Tibet with original music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. THE VELVET QUEEN  is a poetic documentary and an exquisitely beautiful experience that leaves us questioning where humans belong in nature.

“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

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