“We must go back to the past knowing that the past is the one that changes the most,” the film begins in Spanish in voice-over. The Snow Society‘ which this year closes at 80 Festival of Venice and narrates the plight faced by the survivors of the Los Andes air tragedy in 1972. The film will soon be shown in Netflix.
The movie is an adaptation of the book ‘The Snow Society’ by Pablo Vierci, which documents the stories of 16 survivors of the accident, many of whom Vierci has known since childhood. Catalan filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona changed the point of view of previous productions dealing with the tragedy, abandoning anthropophagy to emphasize the human side.
“The subject of anthropophagy is not so interesting to us from the point of view of one who eats as one who sacrifices his body to life so that one can get there,” explained the director, “then the disease disappears and it becomes a spiritual decision, humanist”.
What is the movie ‘The Snow Society’ about?
The film tells everything that happened in the 72 days before December 22, 1972. The plane crash in which members of the Uruguayan rugby team were traveling left 16 survivors who had to resort to cannibalism to survive.
Unlike the most famous version of the tragedy in Frank Marshall’s 1993 film ¡Viven!, Bayona’s vision is not to romanticize the adventure or rebuild the hero’s soul, but to focus on the survivors with the dead. exercise, to stop the spiritual journey of reconciliation.
In addition, the real survivors and families of the victims are totally involved and they have seen the final result. “For me, that screening with the families of the dead and the living was the most exciting and intense experience I’ve had in my life,” said the writer.
Synopsis: In 1972, Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, chartered to take a rugby team to Chile, crashed into a glacier in the heart of the Andes.. Only 29 of its 45 passengers survived the accident. Trapped in one of the most inaccessible and hostile environments on the planet, they are forced to use extreme measures to stay alive… Based on the book “The Snow Society”, by Pablo Vierci.