Opening at The Ross on Friday, January 21, in THE VELVET QUEEN two French adventurers travel the Tibetan Highlands in search of the elusive snow leopard, but Marie Amiguet and Vincent Munier's quietly spellbinding doc is more about the chase than the quarry. Gorgeous, humbling, looking out-, up- and inward, the documentary “THE VELVET QUEEN” is the rare nature film about not only beauty and beasts but also the very human urge to make sense of our place in it all. –Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times This elegant, unusual documentary shifts the role of the game-spotter from that of non-violent hunter — in pursuit of one prized target — to passive but duly wide-eyed observer, accepting but also appreciating the limits of our access. –Guy Lodge, Variety [A] calming, meditative experience. –Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com THE VELVET QUEEN is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, January 21 through Thursday, February 3. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. 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.