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Critically Acclaimed Movie 'Society of the Snow’ Comes To Netflix

Check out the chilling trailer here.

Author: Tomas Mazowski
Updated: January 12, 2024

Netflix has announced the worldwide premiere date for Society of the Snow (La Sociedad de la Nieve) as January 4, 2024. However, if you're lucky enough to be in Spain on December 15, you'll be able to watch it in theaters there, before it arrives on the streaming platform.

The film, by Spanish director J.A. Bayona, stars a talented group of actors from Uruguay and Argentina. It has already made a significant emotional impact on critics and is now poised to reach a broader audience on Netflix.

Here is the official synopsis:

"In 1972, the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, chartered to fly a rugby team to Chile, catastrophically crashes on a glacier in the heart of the Andes. Only 29 of the 45 passengers survived the crash, and finding themselves in one of the world's toughest environments, they are forced to resort to extreme measures to stay alive."

Sounds familiar? That's because it is. Society of the Snow is not the first movie based on the Flight 571 incident (Alive, 1993; unfortunately not available on Netflix at this time), but the film makers promise that this version offers a different take. The full trailer offers a preview of the intense survival story that awaits viewers.

The film is based on the real-life events of the 1972 Andes flight disaster. The flight, which crashed on October 13, was carrying five crew members and 40 passengers, including 19 members of the Old Christians Club rugby union team as well as their friends and family. The crash resulted in the immediate loss of 12 lives, leaving the survivors to endure one of the harshest climates on the planet without adequate resources.

Society of the Snow has been met with critical acclaim, boasting a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and receiving numerous awards from film festivals. It has also been selected as Spain’s entry for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film at the upcoming Oscars.