Last time I saw “Gravity” co-writer Jonas Cuaron, I asked him when we could see the short “Aningaaq” that he made to accompany his father Alfonso’s film, which is kicking ass at the box office all over the world ($500 million and counting) and is one of two Oscar frontrunners so far. He said they were working on it. And so they were.
Now we can finally see that seven-minute companion piece (below) which was originally intended after viewings in Telluride and Venice as a Warner Home Video extra on the Blu-ray. It shows the other side of a crucial scene where Sandra Bullock’s stranded astronaut Ryan Stone makes radio contact with someone on Earth. Now Warners has submitted the film for Oscar consideration in the live-action short category, “where it would make Academy Awards history as the first feature and spinoff short drawn from the same material to be nominated together in the same year,” points out THR. More details on the short at In Contention.
Inspired by the filmmakers’ location scouting for the movie, “Aningaaq” follows an Inuit fisherman on a fjord in Greenland. The run-and-gun shoot was filmed by a ten-person crew on a budget of about $100,000. Bullock has been singing the short’s praises since her Toronto press conference, below.