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Society of the Snow: The Extraordinary Story of Andes Crash Survivors

Première of “Society of the Snow”

Society of the Snow
Society of the Snow

Los Angeles. On a starry night in Century City, the city of angels played host to a remarkable event that celebrated both the power of the human spirit and the magic of cinema.

I had the incredible privilege of attending the premiere of the much-anticipated movie, “Society of the Snow” (Sociedad de la Nieve) a gripping film that recounts the harrowing true story of the Uruguayan rugby team’s struggle for survival after their plane crashed in the unforgiving Andes mountains.

In addition to the emotional impact of the film itself, the evening was made even more unforgettable by the opportunity to meet the movie’s director, J. A. Bayona, as well as two survivors of the tragic event, Gustavo Zerbino and Eduardo Strauch, and the actor Enzo Vogrincic Roldán.

Agonizing decision

The movie “Society of the Snow” tells the haunting and heart-wrenching story of the Uruguayan rugby team’s flight to Chile in 1972, which ended in disaster when their plane crashed into the remote Andes mountains. The survivors were faced with the unimaginable – stranded in the icy wilderness with little hope of rescue; The desperation of their situation led them to make an agonizing decision: to survive, they would have to resort to cannibalism by consuming the flesh of their deceased fellow passengers. This shocking and true story of human resilience and survival had a profound emotional impact on the audience during the premiere.

Film’s director

The film’s director, J. A. Bayona, is known for his ability to capture the essence of human drama and the complexities of the human spirit. Meeting him in person was a privilege that I will forever cherish. His passion for bringing this extraordinary story to the screen was evident in his words and his warm approach to the audience. His dedication to portraying the events as authentically as possible is what makes “Society of the Snow” an emotionally charged and gripping cinematic experience.

Main actor

One of the highlights of the evening was the opportunity to meet Enzo Vogrincic Roldán, who portrayed Numa Turcatti in the movie. Enzo’s portrayal of the character added depth and authenticity to the story. It was a pleasure to exchange a few words with him and take a photo to commemorate the occasion.

The survivors

However, the most poignant moments of the evening were the meetings with two survivors of the Andes plane crash, Gustavo Zerbino and Eduardo Strauch. Both men were present at the premiere, and their presence added a deeply personal and inspirational dimension to the event. Gustavo Zerbino and Eduardo Strauch were not only survivors of a horrific ordeal but also living examples of the indomitable human spirit. Their ability to share their story, relive their experiences, and offer insight into the events portrayed on screen was a humbling and moving experience.

Meeting Gustavo Zerbino and Eduardo Strauch was a true honor. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to take photos with these remarkable individuals. Their courage, resilience, and humanity serve as a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable adversity. For many of us in attendance, Gustavo and Eduardo became heroes that night, not just for their physical survival but for their emotional and mental fortitude in the face of insurmountable odds.

Emotional rollercoaster

To me, the premiere of “Society of the Snow” was an emotional rollercoaster, filled with moments of inspiration, reflection, and deep empathy. The film, under the skillful direction of J. A. Bayona, brought the true story of the Uruguayan rugby team’s survival to life in a way that was both heartrending and beautiful. Meeting the director, the cast, and the survivors themselves turned this premiere into a profound and unforgettable experience that will stay with me for a lifetime. Gustavo Zerbino and Eduardo Strauch, in particular, will forever be my heroes, reminding me of the incredible strength and resilience of the human spirit, even in the face of the most challenging circumstances.

by Severino Ricci

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