For all the gripes about oversaturation of media these days, it does have it’s bright spots. You can almost guarantee, at some point, every major story will have been made into a film. Society of the Snow, an upcoming Netflix film about the 1972 Uruguayan Air Force flight 571 crash into the Andes, is a film that I’m surprised took streaming to produce.
This story was almost an urban legend when I was a kid. Admittedly I usually mixed this and the completely different Dytalov Pass incident up, but everyone knew the story about the plane that crashed in the mountains leading the survivors to eat their friends. Obviously, Netflix will introduce much more nuance into the story then my elementary school did, but the point remains…its a story that horrified and fascinated people.
The trailer, posted below, looks to be a single survivor narrative taking us through the absolute horror of going from safety in society to complete and total isolation. There’s an almost dreamlike quality to the trailer which, if cut properly with the introduced threats, could paint an eerie picture. Once scene in particular, when the survivors hear an unidentified sound only to realize it’s an avalanche shows that this movie is going to try and make us feel what it’s like to go from total despair to something much deeper.
On October 13 1972, Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed in the Andes. Only 29 of the 45 passengers survived the crash. Based on this remarkable true story, J.A. Bayona’s ‘Society of the snow’ will close the Venice Film Festival, participate in the Perlas section of the San Sebastian Film Festival and will arrive on Netflix soon.