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Gravity's terrestrial companion film Aningaaq expands the story

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AningaaqAningaaq explores a key scene in Gravity, but from Earth

Moviegoers are getting a unique look at a pivotal scene in Alfonso Cuaron's mesmerizing space drama Gravity: a seven-minute companion short that's now being submitted for Oscar consideration.

At an emotionally key moment, Sandra Bullock's astronaut character is stranded in a tiny orbiting space capsule. In her attempt to contact NASA officials on Earth, she connects (via radio) with a man speaking a foreign language.

Shot by Gravity co-writer Jonas Cuaron, the filmmaking son of the blockbuster's director Alfonso Cuaron, the stark and moving Aningaaq explores that scene from the earthbound side: namely the dog-sledding Inuit fisherman she reaches in a remote fjord in Greenland.

Both father and son had previously spent time in and became enamoured with the chilly region and its people inspired the younger Cuaron to create a Gravity-related short, he told The Hollywood Reporter. Shot "guerrilla style" for about $100,000 US, it was initially slated for Gravity's Blu-ray home video release.

Aningaaq made a splash following screenings at some international film festivals, it's now being submitted for Oscar consideration (in the category of live-action short).

Since Gravity's debut on the festival circuit and its theatrical release, movie critics have forecast that Bullock will get a chance at her second best-actress Oscar. The visually spectacular tale is also expected to garner nods (and wins) in technical categories.

But if Aningaaq snags a nomination (or even a win), it would mark a triumph as well: acknowledgement of a rare father and son collaboration and recognition of an emotional cinematic scene told from two drastically different perspectives.

View the short Aningaaq from The Hollywood Reporter, below:

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