Netflix has dropped a teaser trailer for a Spanish film director J.A. Bayona’s highly anticipated survival thriller “Society of the Snow,” which was selected as Spain’s entry for Oscar’s international feature film race.
The film world premiered on closing night of the Venice Film Festival and is playing this week at the Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon.
The Spanish-language film deals with Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 which was chartered to fly a rugby team to Chile in 1972 and catastrophically crashed on a glacier in the heart of the Andes.
Only 16 of the 45 passengers survived the crash and were forced to resort to extreme measures, such as consuming their deceased body, just to stay alive. The story was previously adapted to the big screen back in Frank Marshall’s 1993 film “Alive”.
“Society of the Snow” features rising Uruguay and Argentine actors Enzo Vogrincic (“A Twelve-Year Night”), Matías Recalt (“Apache, la vida de Carlos Tévez”), Agustín Pardella (“Pinamar”) and Felipe González (“El Cazador”). It’s produced by Belén Atienza, Sandra Hermida and J.A. Bayona.
The screenplay is by Bayona, Bernat Vilaplana, Jaime Marques, and Nicolás Casariego from the novel by Pablo Vierci. The director of photography is Pedro Luque (“Don’t Breathe”).
“Society of the Snow” is the first Netflix film to have been selected by the Spanish committee for the Oscars and marks Bayona’s second Oscar entry following “The Orphanage” in 2007.
The film will roll out in select theaters across Latin America on Dec. 14, as well as in Spain on Dec. 15 and in the U.S. and in the U.K. on Dec. 22. “Society of the Snow” will be on Netflix Jan. 4.