'Gravity' Spinoff 'Aningaaq' Could Make Oscar History

Meet the man on the end of Sandra Bullock's distress call

There is a scene in Gravity – don't worry, no spoilers alert necessary – when Sandra Bullock is alone in space in grave peril (she's in grave peril for pretty much the whole thing) and manages to make radio contact with a man who speaks to her in a foreign language.

We know it's someone on earth, we know it's not Houston and we know there's a baby and a dog somewhere in the background, but otherwise we don't have a clue what is going on.

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A seven minute companion film made by Jonas Cuaron, the son of the film's director Alfonso Cuaron, fills in the gaps.

Following the man on the other end of the radio – an Inuit fisherman stationed on a remote fjord in Greenland – Aningaaq is a stark and melancholic short that was originally planned as a Blu-ray extra for Gravity.

But after successful festival screenings at Venice and Telluride, Warner decied to enter it for an Oscar in the live-action short category where – if it gets nominated – the two films will make history as the first feature and spinoff short drawn from the same material to be nominated together in the same year.

The Hollywood Reporter has the full story on how the $100,000 film was conceieved and made – in the mean time, it worth watching above, whether you've seen Gravity yet or not.



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