On the Trail of the Snow Leopard

  • France
  • 2019
  • en
  • 52'

In the spectacular landscapes of Tibet, 'twixt heaven and earth, naturalist/photographers the Larrey brothers take us along on a full-scale expedition on the trail of the snow leopard. The discomfort of the hide, patience, hypoxia, extreme climatic conditions... such is the price to pay for these magical moments. Withstanding both the elements and doubt is no mean feat. A philosophical exercise perfectly mastered by breeders on the high plateaux. At the end of the quest, the Grail: the "ghost of the mountains" materializes in the two photographers' lenses.

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Synopsis

In the spectacular landscapes of Tibet, 'twixt heaven and earth, naturalist/photographers the Larrey brothers take us along on a full-scale expedition on the trail of the snow leopard. The discomfort of the hide, patience, hypoxia, extreme climatic conditions... such is the price to pay for these magical moments. Withstanding both the elements and doubt is no mean feat. A philosophical exercise perfectly mastered by breeders on the high plateaux. At the end of the quest, the Grail: the "ghost of the mountains" materializes in the two photographers' lenses.

What you will find in this film

Animal photography with a long focal length • Photo with Nikon D4 • Aerial photography • Photo with Leica S • Expedition to the roof of the world • A long-term quest • Spectacular landscapes • An isolated valley • An endangered species • A sky full of stars • The life of the Tibetan shepherds • The "ghost of the mountains" • Bharals and yaks • The water tower of Asia •  A rich fauna • Pika (the inspiration for Pikachu) • Fraternal polyandry •  How to blend in with the scenery • The world of the high mountains • The school of patience • The emotions of the image hunter • A panther and her young • Cats learning to hunt • Living in harmony with the wild • Buddhist philosophy • Heavenly funeral

Film chapters

summary08:05 Defining the search sector

summary14:13 A rich fauna

summary16:30 The daily life of Tibetan farmers

summary25:20 In the hide

summary37:37 On the attack

summary40:20 Cohabiting with wildlife

summary47:31 Mother and young in the lens

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ENGLISH BILINGUAL EDITIONS:

• TAÏGA - artists and authors: Olivier Larrey et Thomas Roger ; english-french bilingual edition ; Regard du Vivant ; 2017

• TIBET, EN HARMONIE AVEC LA PANTHÈRE DES NEIGES - artists and authors: Frédéric Larrey ; illustrations : Yves Fagniart ; english-french bilingual edition ; Regard du Vivant ; 2020

• TOUNDRA - artist and author: Olivier Larrey ; illustrations: Yves Fagniart ; film: Tanguy Dumortier (46mn on USB key ) ; english-french bilingual edition ; Regard du Vivant ; 2020

IN FRENCH:

• PANTHÈRE DES NEIGES ET LÉOPARD DE CHINE EXPÉDITIONS AU TIBET (journal et film) - authors : Frédéric Larrey & Claire Kappler ; Regard du Vivant ; 2019

• LITTORAL - artist : Frédéric Larrey ; foreword : Érik Orsenna ; legendes : Marie Lescroart ; Regard du Vivant ; 2015

• GRAND NORD - artist : Olivier Larrey et Thomas Roger ; author : Marie Lescroart ; edition E/P/A Editions ; 2019

Olivier Larrey's website