|It is one of the most astonishing and inspiring survival tales of all time. On October 13, 1972, a young rugby team from Montevideo, Uruguay, boarded a plane for a match in Chile—and then vanished into thin air. Two days before Christmas, 16 of the 45 passengers miraculously resurfaced. They had managed to survive for 72 days after their plane crashed on a remote Andean glacier. Thirty-five years later, the survivors return to the crash site—known as the Valley of Tears—to recount their harrowing story of defiant endurance and indestructible friendship. Previously documented in the 1973 worldwide bestseller Alive (and the 1993 Ethan Hawke movie of the same name), this shocking true story finally gets the cinematic treatment it deserves. Visually breathtaking and crafted with riveting detail by documentary filmmaker (and childhood friend of the survivors) Gonzalo Arijón with a masterful combination of on-location interviews, archival footage and reenactments, Stranded is by turns hauntingly powerful and spiritually moving.
To get an impression of the film, here o see the trailer.
What sets the film apart from previous adaptations of the story is the inimitably close cooperation with the survivors, the intimacy and frankness of their first-hand accounts, as they open up to director Gonzalo Arijòn and consequently the spectators.
Gonzalo Arijón describes his unique approach in making this film and the responsibility arising from it as follows:
As a filmmaker and an old friend of several of the Survivors, I wanted to make an in-depth documentary with the whole group – something that had never before been attempted. I wanted to try to capture the real essence of this experience, something both intensely intimate and wholly collective, and as untransmittable as the practice of cannibalism, to which they resorted as the only way of staying alive
This challenge – the film - was only made possible by the length of time which had elapsed since the accident (35 years) and because of our friendship which allowed a pact of mutual trust to exist between us.
As to the actual making of the film, I had a huge hand from César Charlone, Director of Photography for films such as City of God and The Constant Gardener. Thanks to his sensitivity and talent, I was able to evoke the closed universe described by the protagonists and to bring to life the indescribable.
For more information on the film and its playdates go to www.zeitgeistfilms.com/stranded
“Harrowing… Thrilling … Astonishing!”
The Hollywood Reporter