'Gravity' Spin-Off 'Aningaaq' Shows Us Ryan Stone's Radio Companion
If you haven't seen Alfonso Cuaron's brilliant space thriller, Gravity, there are some mild spoilers ahead. However, if you have seen Gravity, you'll recall the emotional scene when Sandra Bullock's Dr. Ryan Stone makes contact radio contact with a man named Aningaaq. It represented what was probably the stranded astronaut's lowest ebb as well as the movies turning point, but it also came with a wonderful backstory which, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, you can now watch.
Written by Jonas Cuaron, Aningaaq is a short film that features the other side to that emotional radio conversation. It was shot in Greenland on a budget of $100,000 and in the new year it will compete for an Oscar in the 'Live-Action Short' category. Aningaaq, an Inuit fisherman, is a character inspired by a real Greenland native that Jonas's brother Alfonso met on a prior trip to the ice-cold land. After being stunned by both the natural beauty of their surroundings and the fierce attachment Inuit people hold towards their sled dogs, they the two brothers made the decision to create the short in time for a seamless mixing into the Gravity story.
This wonderful short film adds yet another dimension to the Gravity story, which on top of raking in over $500 million in box office dollars, could itself find some serious Oscar recognition.