(AFP) – It is the man who saw the man who saw the panther: bookstore phenomenon when it came out, “The Snow Panther” returns to the cinema on Wednesday in the form of a sort of making-of dreamlike and contemplative of the expedition from which Sylvain Tesson drew a novel.
Directed by a couple, Marie Amiguet and Vincent Munier, the film follows the companionship between the latter, one of the great specialists in animal photography, and the successful writer in their quest for the feline on the frozen highlands of Tibet ( 4,500 to 6,000 m above sea level).
Under the eye of the camera, Sylvain Tesson marvels at the beauties of nature and discovers the virtues of calm and being on the lookout, as well as the rigors of the high mountains, sponsored by Vincent Munier.
Learning to be patient, for this writer who seems plugged into 220 volts, will not be easy. An experience that he wrote down on paper in his novel, which has sold nearly 500,000 copies after winning the Renaudot Prize in 2019.
“Vincent had the idea of inviting Sylvain” in mode “lend me your pen, I will show you the snow leopard”, explains to AFP Marie Amiguet, for whom the film can help to “discover the virtues of the ‘lookout “:” our brain grinds, grinds, calms down, calms down, then gets in tune with the place “.
Willingly contemplative, the film, shot in extreme conditions sometimes at -25 °, is also an ode to immaculate nature, and “militates on values more than on actions: let’s take the time to open our eyes and look with who we live on this beautiful land which is in the process of being destroyed “, she adds. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), seduced by the project, composed the soundtrack.