Netflix Sets Awards Season Release For J.A. Bayona’s Survival Drama ‘Society Of The Snow’

The story of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 has been told has captivated people for more than 50 years, and for good reason. The harrowing event saw a plane with 45 passengers crash in the Chilean Andes in 1972, leaving the survivors, many of whom were part of a soccer team, doing anything and everything to stay alive long enough to be rescued. The most famous film based on the crash was 1993’s Alive, featuring a cast of rising American actors. But now with Society of the Snow, a more culturally-accurate version intends to make its mark on the awards season

Spain’s Official Selection for the 2024 Oscars is directed by JA Bayona, known for films such as The Impossible, A Monster Calls, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. He’s working with a huge ensemble of Latin American actors that includes Enzo Vogrincic, Agustín Pardella, Matías Recalt, Esteban Bigliardi, Diego Vegezzi, Fernando Contigiani García, Esteban Kukuriczka, Rafael Federman, Francisco Romero, Valentino Alonso, Tomás Wolf, Agustín Della Corte, Felipe Otaño, Andy Pruss, Blas Polidori, Felipe Ramusio, and Simón Hempe.

Here’s the synopsis: In 1972, Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which had been chartered to fly a rugby team to Chile, crashed in the heart of the Andes. Only 29 of its 45 passengers survived the accident. Trapped in one of the most hostile and inaccessible environments on the planet, they have to resort to extreme measures to stay alive.

Society of the Snow earned rave reviews after its world premiere at Venice. Netflix scooped it up soon after and have now set it for streaming release on January 4th 2024. A theatrical run is expected in December. If you also live in the DMV the film will be part of next week’s Middleburg Film Festival.

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