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Black and White Big Cats

This documentary event plunges the viewer alongside photographer Laurent Baheux, in the heart of the African bush, on the trail of three fascinating big cats. A photographic quest, "a grail", his very own grail. The lion, king of the savanna, powerful, majestic and vulnerable at the same time. The graceful cheetah, so fast but so fragile. The leopard, silent and ghostly predator. All around, a fragile and threatened nature. Laurent is ready to capture what nature has to offer, he expects nothing in particular, always humble in his relationship with the animal. He captures the beauty of the moment, the play of light, the harmony of the scenes.

  • Mathieu Le Lay
  • Mathieu Le Lay
  • Alexandre Soullier
  • Laurent Baheux
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  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Félins noir sur blanc
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    52 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 18, 2021
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  • Lucky You
Director Biography - Mathieu Le Lay

Mathieu Le Lay is a film director and cinematographer based in the French Alps. His work is authentic, geographically diverse, visceral, yet consistently visually stunning and poetic.

After he graduated in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Salford (UK), his insatiable love for nature, cinema and wildlife led him to one year study at IFFCAM, the French wildlife film school.

Since 2008, his films tell genuine stories of the interaction between humans and nature, inspiring people to connect with our natural world.

Inspiration is the key in Mathieu's creativity. Beyond the use of natural lights to create evocative atmospheres, he has developed creative and technical skills to shoot documentary films, in some of the most remote and harshest environments of our planet. His biggest priviledge as an author is being to work on subjects that fascinate him, and drive him to bring emotional and visual depth to his films.

His work has been recognised multiple times in international film festivals focused on nature, mountain, wildlife and adventure thematics.

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