Netflix appoints director JA Bayona for a brand new film about a true plane crash in the heart of the Andes in 1972. The streaming service also reveals the title: La sociedad de la nieve, or Society of the Snow in English.
Uruguayan Air Force flight 571, which was to fly a rugby team to Chile, crashed into a glacier in the heart of the Andes in 1972. Only 29 of the 45 passengers survived the crash. Now that the rest find themselves in one of the world’s harshest environments, they are forced to resort to extreme measures to stay alive.
The Spanish director posts a video on Instagram from the Valley of Tears, the place between Argentina and Chile where the plane crashed. Here he is with a team preparing the shooting. The film will be in Spanish, with Bayona returning to films in his native language for the first time in 14 years.
Bayona is best known for his film The Impossible (2012) starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland. He also made Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) with Chris Pratt. Most recently, he was filming Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings series, where he is directing the first two episodes.
The leading roles are played by Enzo Vogrincic Roldán, Agustín Pardella, Matías Recalt, Tomas Wolf and Diego Ariel Vegezzi, among others. It is not yet known when La sociedad de la nieve will appear on Netflix.
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