There's a moment in Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity where Sandra Bullock's character radios to Earth with a distress call, looking for help. Instead, she finds herself talking to a strange man in a language she doesn't understand, clinging to the sounds of a dog and a baby as her last tenuous holds on humanity. The Earth-bound side of that exchange is the subject of Aningaaq, a short film written and directed by Jonás Cuarón, co-screenwriter of the original film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the short was filmed on a budget of $100,000, and follows an Inuit fisherman as he speaks with Bullock's Ryan Stone. While it had been intended as a DVD and Blu-ray extra, the hypnotic short has been gaining momentum as it has screened at festivals, and Warner Bros. has now submitted it for consideration in the live-action short Oscar category. It's a beautiful companion to what we felt was already a groundbreaking film, and you can watch it for yourself below.