The Hollywood Reporter hosts the exclusive short film, Aningaaq, a companion piece to the $500 million-grossing Gravity, a current frontrunner for Best Picture at the Oscars.
Directed by Gravity co-writer Jonas Cuaron (son of Gravity director, Alfonso Cuaron), the short film was originally intended as a special feature on the film's Blu-ray. Due to screenings at high profile film festivals, like Venice and Telluride, the short film has grown into an Oscar contender on its own. If both Gravity and Aningaaq are nominated at next year's Oscars, it would mark the first film/companion piece to ever be nominated in the same year.
The short shows an Inuit fisherman who lives on a fjord in Greenland. Bullock's character in Gravity has a pivotal moment where she is able to make communication with a voice back on the Earth. Despite this, their interaction is lost in translation since neither speaker can speak the other's language. The human contact is still important for Bullock's stranded astronaut and the scene plays an important part of the journey in the space epic. We never see the Inuit fisherman in the film, but Cuaron's short film gives an extra view to the story and displays the drive of human survival and the feeling of ultimate loneliness.