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2023 Venice: J.A. Bayona’s Dish Served Cold “Society of the Snow” to Close Festival

2023 Venice: J.A. Bayona’s Dish Served Cold “Society of the Snow” to Close Festival

As we eagerly await for the major announcements next Tuesday and now that we cleared up the whole festival opener situation, we now learn that it is a Netflix production in with J.A. Bayona‘s Society of the Snow that will close out the 80th edition of the Venice Film Festival. Set to preem on September 9th after the awards are handed out, this film will instantly be compared Frank Marshall’s 1993 film Alive, but this subtitled version cast Uruguayan and Argentine actors – exponentially gives the film some cred. Shot back in November of 2021, Netflix was onboard from the get-go on this project which was shot in Andalusia’s Sierra Nevada. This film could be headed to Toronto or Donostia-San Sebastian next.

In 1972, Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which had been chartered to bring Montevideo’s Old Christians Rugby Club team to Chile, crashed at an altitude of 11,712 feet in the Andes. Of its 45 passengers – which consisted mostly of the rugby team, friends and family – only 29 survived. Without food, the survivors, who belonged to Uruguay’s elite, were forced to eat the flesh of the deceased to stay alive. 19 survived an avalanche. 72 days after the crash, 16 finally made it out alive.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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