Velvet Queen
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The Velvet Queen

March 05, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Man is the true subject of this strange, and strangely moving, documentary about a snow leopard.

21/22 Hop Film

The Velvet Queen - Official U.S. Trailer - Oscilloscope Laboratories HD

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, inhabited by invisible presences, the two men ponder humankind's place amongst the magnificent creatures and glorious landscapes they encounter along the way. 

There's calming serenity to this atypical documentary as the mesmerizing score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis elevates the imagery into something poetic about the beauty of mother nature. The idea that we should step out of our technology-driven worlds to be reminded of the existence of creatures of such beauty, majesty and intelligence feels valuable these days. D: Marie Amiguet & Vincent Munier, France, subtitled, 2021

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