Society of the Snow
La sociedad de la nieve
The Andean cordillera that cuts off Chile from Uruguay and the rest of the continent is so immense, when planes are lost in these mountains the chances of recovery are negligible. And in the winter months, there’s no sustenance, only snow melt. Famously — notoriously — in 1972, a plane carrying 101 people — many of them belonging to a rugby team — crashed in just these circumstances. A significant number perished in the accident, but in order to survive the remainder had to turn to the unthinkable… Previously filmed by Frank Marshall in the 1993 movie Alive (and an inspiration, probably, for Yellowjackets), this harrowing saga makes for compelling adventure drama without recourse to melodramatics.
Bayona (The Impossible) stresses authenticity along with the spiritual dimension of this prolonged near-death experience. As for the crash sequence… Brace yourself!
Grips with alternating waves of dread, horror and heart-swelling relief.
Guy Lodge, Variety
Society of the Snow contains all the thrills and masterclass filmmaking cinephiles expect in a great survival drama, but it’s the simple yet profound message that resonates the most.
Alex Saveliev, Film Threat
Enzo Vogrincic, Agustín Pardella, Matías Recalt, Esteban Bigliardi, Diego Vegezzi, Fernando Contigiani García
In Spanish with English subtitles
Academy Award Nominee for Best International Feature and Best Hair and Makeup
J.A Bayona, Bernat Vilaplana, Jaime Marques-Olearraga, Nicolás Casariego
Pedro Luque Briozzo Scu
Jaume Marti A.M.M.A.C., Andrés Gil A.M.M.A.C.
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Black History Month: Short Film Showcase
The four short films in this program range from humorous dark comedy to sombre drama. These films explore existential crises, beauty standards and daring ambitions in the lives of the protagonists.