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.
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?