Today, Netflix and the Venice Film Festival announced that Society of the Snow will be the Closing Film at the fest. Directed and co-written by J.A. Bayona, it’s the true story of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which crashed in the heart of the Andes while carrying a rugby team. The press release is below, but this could be a potential awards player for the streamer. We’ll just have to see what the reaction is out of Venice.
Here is the press release:
Society of the Snow (La Sociedad de la nieve) directed by J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) is the Closing Film, Out of Competition, for the 80th Venice International Film Festival within La Biennale di Venezia, announced by Alberto Barbera (30 August > 9 September 2023).
The world premiere of Society of the Snow (La Sociedad de la nieve), an epic story of survival in extreme conditions, will be screened on Saturday, September 9th in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lidodi Venezia; the screening will be held after the awards ceremony.
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.
Directed by J.A. Bayona, La Sociedad de la nieve (Society of the Snow) is produced by Belén Atienza, Sandra Hermida and J.A. Bayona. Starring Enzo Vogrincic, Matías Recalt, Agustín Pardella, Esteban Kukuriczka and Tomas Wolf. Screenplay by J.A. Bayona, Bernat Vilaplana, Jaime Marques, Nicolás Casariego from the novel by Pablo Vierci. Director of Photography Pedro Luque. International Distribution: Netflix.