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Must Watch: Jonas Cuaron's Superb Short Film That Ties into 'Gravity'

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November 20, 2013
Source: THR

Aningaaq

For anyone who doesn't want to know anything about Alfonso Cuaron's incredible film Gravity, then don't read any further, because there will be some spoilers from here on out. You've been warned. In the sci-fi film, Sandra Bullock's character Ryan Stone ends up by herself inside a Russian space capsule, on the verge of giving up. While at her lowest point, she tries to use the vessel's radio, and ends up communicating with a foreign guy who has a dog and a baby with him. Well, Jonas Cuaron, son of the filmmaker, co-wrote the feature screenplay and directed this companion film called Aningaaq that follows the man on the other end of the radio, an Inuit fisherman stationed on a remote fjord in Greenland. Watch!

Here is Jonas Cuaron's short film Aningaaq in full, made available online by THR:

Aningaaq was originally just supposed to be a special feature, but has become more. It has been making the rounds at film festivals in Venice and Telluride, and now Warner Bros. has submitted it for Oscar consideration in the live-action short category. It would be cool if both the feature film and short were nominated for Academy Awards, and it would mark the first time in history that a feature film and a short film spin-off connected to that feature were nominated together in the same year. So how did this happen?

Well, the character in the short was inspired by the time the Cuarons spent in Greenland, where they met a drunken native who would become the basis for the title character, played by the country's native Orto Ignatiussen. The dog wasn't even part of the original script for the short until Jonas was figuring out production, and was inspired by the attachment all the locals seemed to have to their sled dogs. As for the short itself, THR says it was filmed guerilla style and only cost about $100,000 to shoot on location, mostly paying for the 10-person crew to travel. The short was finished just in time to make the final sound mix on Gravity. This is one of the coolest short films, and its connection to Gravity only makes it better. Cool?

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Reader Feedback - 16 Comments

1

great short....all this time I thought it was someone in China she was talking to

desispeed on Nov 20, 2013

2

Pretty dull. Thought this was a low point in the film, too.

Zen on Nov 20, 2013

3

I thought it was the most moving part of the film. The teardrop... Less moving in 2d, I would think.

kitano0 on Nov 20, 2013

4

Oh the 3D was spectacular. Loved it. Jaw-dropping. Just kinda didn't dig this scene. Felt less genuine than everything else. Thought Sandra needed another take.

Zen on Nov 21, 2013

5

it felt less genuine than everything else? LOL this movie is absolutely ABSURD in what it presents.... this is literally the only genuine moment in gravity. not hating on the film, but it's a massive technical achievement and not much else

mike on Nov 25, 2013

6

This film should be called "Meanwhile, back at the ranch..."

TheOct8pus on Nov 20, 2013

7

Cool tie-in, but as far as it being an oscar contender, it has nothing on wes anderson's short

Danimal on Nov 20, 2013

8

it's beautiful how you can sense that she is not calling to a wonderful place where everything is fine.

toonfed on Nov 20, 2013

9

Yeah! Nice little bonus.

DAVIDPD on Nov 20, 2013

10

awesome! very cool.

Nick Henderson on Nov 20, 2013

11

well done

conradthegreat on Nov 20, 2013

12

Is it weird that this HAM radio is able to pick up Bullock's character up in space and that NASA, with all their technology and satellites, can't?

Internapse on Nov 20, 2013

13

When you go see Gravity, the eplanation will be very clear.

Superfreak on Dec 14, 2013

14

Cool idea. But how did this cost 100 000 $?? Crazy.

Joel nilsson on Nov 21, 2013

15

Odd.

ChuckCalifornia on Nov 22, 2013

16

to me.. this completely ruins what was an incredible scene in the film. the mystery of that scene was awesome, and this seems like a lame attempt at milking a film with a genre short not at all in line with what made gravity good (which wasn't its storytelling)

mike on Nov 25, 2013

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