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November 20, 2013 3:06 PM
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Watch: Jonas Cuaron's 'Gravity' Short Film Spin-Off Shows Us Other Side of Sandra Bullock's Distress Call

While watching Sandra Bullock fight for her life in "Gravity" this fall, did anyone else wonder about the voice on the other end of her distress call? Jonas Cuaron's "Aningaaq" shows us who was on the other end of that radio.

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In a moving scene during "Gravity," Bullock's stranded astronaut Ryan Stone finally makes it into a Russian space capsule to send out a distress call only to be answered by an Inuit who doesn't understand her. Stone listens to the Earthly sounds of dogs howling and a baby crying as she begins to embrace the idea of her death, perhaps soothed by the Inuit's lullaby.

Flip that scene and we get "Aningaaq," a short look into the life of man, played by Greenland's Orto Ignatiussen, whose isolation and survival on a barren tundra echoes Bullock's experience in space.

"Gravity" screenwriter Jonas Cuaron shot the film on location on a remote fjord in Greenland for the price of $100,000, most of which went towards travel costs for the crew, he told The Hollywood Reporter. They've also submitted the film into the live-action short category for the Academy Awards. If nominated, "Gravity" and "Aningaaq" would be the first feature and short based on the same material to be nominated in a single year. 

Last month at a Los Angeles Press conference, Bullock said, "It's so beautiful, and I get goosebumps thinking about it." What do you think?


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4 Comments

  • Armak | November 21, 2013 3:27 PMReply

    Somebody needs to mash this up with the distress call in ALL IS LOST.

  • Armak | November 21, 2013 3:32 PM

    …or any number of scenes from Jim Jarmusch's catalogue.

  • SCG | November 20, 2013 6:53 PMReply

    Solid companion piece to "Gravity," though having seen the film prior to watching this, it's difficult to gauge how successfully it functions as a standalone short. I found myself recalling images of Bullock's wonderful performance, and her character's struggle leading up to this moment, both of which added value to my viewing of Aningaaq's story. Would the value be less had I not already seen "Gravity"? I think it might've been.

    On a separate note, the $100,000 price tag certainly seems steep for a 7-minute film. Perhaps I'm biased, having recently completed a short of my own for a third of that cost. With little over $30,000, my team and I created a 42-minute dramatic period piece shot in the wilderness of Idaho, featuring five actors and an original modern classical score, all with the help of a 35-person crew. Now, corners were certainly cut along the way (many of which surely wouldn't have been approved by a major studio), but for the most part, we created this film comfortably within our means. This is not to say that I wouldn't have LOVED to have had a bigger budget, but only that we got the damn thing done without a whole lot of dough. On the other hand, if you've got studio backing and the money is available, why not spend it up?

    One last comment:
    Well made though it may be, and despite having not seen the other films being considered for Academy nomination, I just can't imagine this being up for an Oscar in 2014.

  • Dissapointed | November 20, 2013 4:08 PMReply

    Uh...