Granada, heading for Oscar for Best International Feature Film

Bayona’s “Society of Snow”, shot in Sierra Nevada, will represent Spain at the 96th edition of the awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has chosen Juan Antonio Bayona’sSociety of Snow” to represent Spain in the Oscar race for Best International Film. Bayona’s film was filmed in Sierra Nevada for just over three months – from January to April 2022 – and is based on the novel of the same name by Pablo Vierci, which documents the well-known plane crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in the Andes in 1972, which inspired the feature film “Alive” (Frank Marshall, 1993).

Society of Snow” is considered one of the most expensive productions in the history of Netflix and one of the largest projects ever shot in the province of Granada. The filming involved the displacement of a crew of 350 people to the Granada ski resort and a complex work plan with two units and three sets, one of them located in Laguna de las Yeguas, at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters.

The set located in Laguna de las Yeguas, at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters of altitude. PHOTOS: CETURSA-NETFLIX

The set built in the parking lot of Los Peñones, in Pradollano. PHOTO: RAMON L PEREZ / IDEAL

The film has been supported since the pre-production phase by the Diputación’s film office, Film in Granada, which has collaborated mainly in the search for locations and the selection of professionals and equipment.

Audience Award at San Sebastian

After its world premiere at the 80th Venice Film Festival, the feature film directed by Juan Antonio Bayona has also won the City of Donostia Audience Award for Best Film at the 71st San Sebastian International Film Festival, which is worth 50,000 euros.

The filmmaker stated that “it is a pleasure for me to receive this award, it is the first audience award I have received for a film and this is from a very special audience, the San Sebastian audience“. He also indicated that the prize money will go to the association La biblioteca de nuestros hijos, founded by mothers who lost their children in the 1972 Andes plane crash and on which his film is based.