Thursday, November 21, 2013

Aningaaq: The other side of Gravity


"Gravity" fans interested in a look at larger world created by the film would be wise to check out co-writer Jonas Cuaron's short film, "Aningaaq." debuted the short on Wednesday, which shows what happens on the other end of a key conversation that distressed astronaut Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) has during the course of the blockbuster feature.
"They're having a conversation, but they don't understand each other," director Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas' father, told HuffPost Entertainment about "Aningaaq" before the release of "Gravity." Indeed, Jonas' film focuses on an Inuit fisherman living in Greenland. (Subtitles are provided in the short film, but not in "Gravity"; whether knowledge of his attempted communication with Stone deepens the meaning of the scene will depend on the individual viewer.) link
The short was filmed "guerrilla style" on location on a budget of about $100,000 -- most of which went toward the 10-person crew's travel costs -- and Cuaron completed it in time to meld the dialogue into Gravity's final sound mix. The result is a seamless conversation between Aningaaq and Ryan, stranded 200 miles above him, the twin stories of isolated human survival providing thematic cohesion. Still, Jonas says he was careful "to make it a piece that could stand on its own." Should both get Oscar noms, an interesting dynamic would emerge: Two films potentially could win for representing different sides of one conversation, to say nothing of having come from father and son.
One Academy member who likely will vote for Aningaaq if it scores a nomination is Bullock: At a Los Angeles press conference, the star called the short an "absolutely beautiful piece of loneliness. … I get goose bumps thinking about it."  link

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