Society of the Snow is a movie based on the real-life Andes flight disaster of 1972. The Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 happened on October 13th of 1972. The plane carried a rugby team and some family/friends from Montevideo, Uruguay to Santiago, Chile. According to Britannica “At approximately 3:30 PM on October 13 the aircraft struck a mountain, losing its right wing and then its left wing before crashing into a remote valley of Argentina near the Chilean border.” The wreckage remained undiscovered for over two months. Originally there were 45 passengers in the plane, 33 survived the initial crash, and only 16 endured the extremely cold temperatures, injuries, and an avalanche.
51 years later, the story continues to astonish. The poor conditions, led to survivors being forced to eat the flesh of those who died in order to survive. They had to remain in these life-threatening conditions for 72 days before they were able to be rescued.
In 2023, Netflix released a movie called Society of the Snow, which according to Netflix is a movie “Following a plane crash in the remote heart of the Andes, survivors join forces and become each other’s best hope as they navigate their way back home.” The movie has had a strong impact in the community, many have expressed that this movie left them full of emotions as they cannot imagine living this situation.
In the past, a movie about this story had been created. The 1993 movie “Alive” which featured Ethan Hawke was a character with consistently windblown hair throughout his time stranded on the mountain. The movie was inspired from Pablo Vierci’s book “Society of the Snow: The Definitive Account of the World’s Greatest Survival Story,” Bayona’s film aimed to be a culturally grounded homage to both survivors and victims of the tragic event. Known for directing the Oscar-nominated “The Impossible” and the blockbuster “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Bayona also sought authenticity in depicting the catastrophe. The movie was entered as Spain’s submission for the Best International Feature Film category at the 96th Academy Awards and has earned a spot on the shortlist announced in December.