After their plane crashed, a rugby team from Uruguay was left trapped in the Andes Mountains for 72 days. To survive the terrible conditions, the remaining members are compelled to consume the bodies of their slain friends. These actual events, which happened in 1972 and became the basis for the 1993 Hollywood film “Alive,” are currently the source of inspiration for “The Snow Society,” the latest film by director J.A. Bayona. Based on the same-titled novel by Pablo Vierci, Bayona’s telling explores the survivors’ mental and spiritual battle to preserve their humanity in the face of the most horrific atrocities, going beyond a straightforward tale of human tenacity.
Nicolás Casariego, Bernat Vilaplana, Jaime Marques-Olearraga, and Bayona wrote the narrative, which looks at the characters’ psychological effects rather than only the physical test of survival. The story considers actions that were unimaginable at one point but became commonplace for survivors. Spain has put “The Snow Society” on the Oscar shortlist for original music, visual effects, and makeup and hairstyling. The film is being considered for an Academy Award in the international feature film category.
After making her feature film debut in 2007 with the gothic horror fable “The Orphanage,” Bayona is back in Spanish-language filmmaking with “The Snow Society.” The director’s confidence is still strong and considerable even after Bayona filmed several English-language films, such as the box office blockbuster “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018) and the tsunami survival thriller “The Impossible” (2012). The movie was partially filmed at the isolated accident site and largely in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains. By keeping the attention on the people and their experiences, Bayona makes the production work blend in with the background.
Unwavering realism characterises the accident’s portrayal, which shows the force with which chairs and bodies crash like dominoes, producing an almost incredible survival scenario. Just when the survivors begin to return to something approaching normalcy, another avalanche upends their way of life.
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