France 2021, 92 min, English and French, Hebrew & English subtitles

The people who live amid the barren snowy cliffs that make up the snow leopard’s habitat call it “the ghost of the mountains.” Notoriously hard to spot, the magnificent endangered big cat is an expert at using its sharp senses to avoid detection. Renowned wildlife photographer Vincent Munier and novelist and researcher Sylvain Tesson have attempted to find the snow leopard before, with no success. Now, they return to the Tibetan plateau in hopes of finally encountering it. The difficult terrain slows them down, creating opportunities for rare encounters with people and animals, from the wild yak to the Tibetan blue bear. Their long journey through the remarkable landscape also leads to riveting conversations. The film’s soundtrack was composed by Warren Ellis and Nick Cave.

Previous Festivals: Camden International Film Festival, Festival de Cannes, IDFA, Denver Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Zurich International Film Festival

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Screening Schedule:
  • Fri 27.05 | 21:30 | Cinematheque 1
  • Wed 01.06 | 21:15 | Cinematheque 1
  • Sun 05.06 | 16:30 | Tel Aviv Museum - Recanati Auditorium
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

Franco-Swiss director Marie Amiguet trained first as a biologist and then obtained a Master in wildlife cinema (IFFCAM). With Jean-Michel Bertrand, she shot La Vallée des Loups and directed Avec les Loups, a portrait of the filmmaker. In 2017, she met Vincent Munier with whom she worked on Silence des Bêtes, which was a protest against lynx poaching. Then, she headed off on an adventure to Tibet to film this encounter between a writer and photographer.

Since 2011, Vincent Munier has spent several months in Tibet to bring back precious images of this world that is poised between land and sky. A lover of wild open spaces and of extreme travel, he chose photography as a tool to convey his dreams, his emotions and his encounters. Today, his pictures are exhibited in galleries in France and abroad. Vincent Munier founded the Kobalann publishing company and today, he is the author of a dozen books, including Arctique (2015) and Tibet, Minéral Animal (2018). In 2019, with Laurent Joffrion, he co-directed the film Ours, Simplement Sauvage (Kobalann Productions / France TV Studio).

Production: Laurent Baujard, Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin, Vincent Munier
Script: Marie Amiguet, Vincent Munier
Editing: Vincent Schmitt, Marie Amiguet
Cinematography & Sound Design: Vincent Munier, Marie Amiguet
Music: Warren Ellis featuring Nick Cave