The Wild Story Behind “Society of the Snow”: Surviving Against the Odds

The Mind-Blowing Real-Life Drama

Society of the Snow. So, here’s the scoop: Imagine a plane crash in the Andes Mountains in ’72. A bunch of buddies end up stranded in the snow for a whopping 72 days without food. Two of them brave the harsh conditions, trekking for days without proper gear to find help. Uruguay’s on high alert as the survivors’ tale hits the headlines.

But here’s the chilling twist—they survived by eating the bodies of their friends who didn’t make it. Yep, that really happened.

From True Story to the Big Screen

This mind-boggling tale has been retold in docs and even in Hollywood’s “Alive” back in ’93, starring Ethan Hawke. And you know “Yellowjackets”? That series got inspired by these events too, showing the aftermath of a teen plane crash, somewhat similar to what these Flight 571 survivors went through.

Now, JA Bayona, the director behind “The Impossible,” has taken this gripping story to Spanish cinema in “Society of the Snow,” based on Pablo Vierci’s book.

The Real Focus: Human Resilience

But here’s the deal—the film’s not all about the gruesome stuff. Nope, Bayona’s got a different take. He’s all about showcasing the incredible bond between these guys, their friendship, and the gutsy moves they made to survive.

Bayona’s angle? He’s clear: “It’s a tough story, but we’re not here to shock. It’s about the human spirit and how they showed incredible kindness to each other.”

More than Just Survival Tactics

Sure, the story often hovers around the shocking bit about cannibalism, but there’s a deeper layer. These survivors made a pact, offering their own bodies as food if things went south. The flight started with 45 folks, but only 16 young fellas lived to tell the tale.

Actor Enzo Vogrincic, who plays a pivotal role, stresses there’s a bigger story here—about resilience and sticking together through thick and thin.

Living the Story

When it came to filming, the actors truly got into the role. They endured the freezing cold, wore ’70s-style gear in the snow, and even dropped some pounds (with medical guidance) to match their characters’ physical state after weeks of struggle.

For Vogrincic and the gang, authenticity was key. They aimed to honor the survivors and their families by staying true to the real-life experience.

Bayona’s Eye-Opener

Bayona got a taste of the tough conditions firsthand when he visited the crash site before filming. The freezing cold and altitude gave him a glimpse into what the survivors faced.

He says, “I spent just one night in those conditions and felt totally out of it. But these people spent over 70 nights in that, ill-prepared and freezing. It’s mind-blowing how they survived.”

The Grit and Guts

Picture this: Two survivors marching into the unknown, knowing it’s almost certain death. But for Bayona, it’s all about their bravery and dignity in the face of impossible odds.

Their insane journey—surviving an avalanche burying the plane and then trekking across mountains—shows their sheer determination to beat the odds and live to tell this extraordinary tale.