What you need to know:
It was on October 13, 1972 when Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed in the Valley of Tears, in the Andes mountain range. Only 16 survived after 72 days
Maybe you’ve already seen it, maybe you haven’t, but whatever the case, it’s impossible not to continue talking at length about it. The Snow Society. It’s about the Number 1 movie on Netflix for this January 7 (in several countries) for very good reasons.
The film directed by JA Bayona is inspired by the tragedy of the Andes, one of those stories that teach us the best and crudest of humanity. One of those situations that He took his protagonists (real and fictional) to the extreme.
The story behind The Snow Society
It was on October 13, 1972 when Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed in the Valley of Tears, in the Andes mountain range., heading to Santiago de Chile. There were 45 people on board, including 19 members of the Old Christians Club rugby team.
From there they began 72 days which were hell for the survivors. They fought against the freezing cold (down to minus 30 degrees), the lack of food and waterand even hearing on the radio that the authorities considered them dead and their search had been suspended.
Desperation and need even led them to commit cannibalism, because they were forced to eat the remains of colleagues who had already died. As I said, those who lived that nightmare were taken to the most extreme of humanity.
but the name The Snow Society He has an incredible reason. Survival was possible thanks to the organizational skills shown by the survivors. Each one adopted a role, from being in charge of communications or someone in charge of telling stories.
They established rules, mainly not to complain. They basically formed a small society to get out of the tragedy of the Andes alive.
It was until December 12 of that year when Fernando Parrado, Roberto Canessa and Antonio José “Tintín” Vizintin Brandithey went out on one last walk in the hope of finding help.
They walked for days and climbed mountain ranges, facing indescribable conditions. Vizintin returned to the plane, but Parrado and Canessa continued until they finally found Sergio Catalánwho was seen riding a horse. He took them to a safe place where rescue teams came to meet them.
Canessa returned to the scene of the tragedy, but now aboard a helicopter full of rescuers. His friends saw his arrival with joy and relief. It was already December 23, 1972 and there were only 16 who survived.
The films that have recreated the history of the Andes tragedy
It is worth mentioning that The Snow Society is inspired, in addition to the true story, in the book by the Uruguayan writer Pablo Vierci that bears the same name. And it is that The tragedy of the Andes has been made into fiction more than once.
In the cinema we can also find films like “They Live” from 1993 (you can see it on Prime Video with ViX Premium), and it was also produced before “Survivors of the Andes” in 1976 (currently available on YouTube). The latter even had a documentary with a behind-the-scenes look and testimonies from the real survivors.
What happened to the survivors of the real story of ‘The Snow Society’?
According to El Mundo, Roberto Canessa became a cardiologist and published the book I had to survive; Fernando Parrado, Gustavo Zerbino and Pedro Algorta they became entrepreneursbut the first of them also wrote the book Miracle in the Andes.
Javier Methol created the Viven Foundation; Eduardo Strauch he became an architect; José Luis Inciarte He became an agronomist and Carlos Paez He is a publicist, businessman and speaker.
And what do some of them think of The Snow Society?
“The Snow Society is a super light version of what happened on the mountain. We had it much worse. “If I had a movie about how we lived it, the public would leave the cinema”was what Roberto Canessa said when watching the Netflix film in an interview for AFP.
“It’s almost a scientific film, an experiment to make the poor actors go through the same difficulties as us… with the advantage that they could leave at the end of each day.”
“The Snow Society transports you to that agony we live. I’ve seen it four times.”he opined José “Tintin” Vizintin for Forbes. “When you see the elevated shots, you can see the loneliness we were in, the cold we felt”.
At . we had the chance to talk with Carlitos Páez about The Snow Society. And just like his colleagues, he feels that JA Bayona’s film managed to recreate -in addition to almost identically the postcards of the tragedy—the sensations, fears and despair of those who experienced it.
“This is the official history, because it is done with rigor. Bayona, who is a stickler for history, stuck to it and managed to do wonderful things. He is the first to get all of us survivors to agree, even the relatives of those who died. He achieved a unity of what history was“
If you haven’t seen The Snow Society, We leave you here the trailer of the film.