Aningaaq is a five-minute short film made as a companion piece to Gravity. It was directed by Jonás Cuarón, who co-wrote Gravity.
Taking place in the fjords of Greenland, the stark white snow directly contrasts the black void of outer space. Aningaaq details the first appearance of the person who Dr. Ryan Stone talks to in space from his point of view, giving insight into his life.
The theme of Gravity is all about letting go and this is reflected in Aningaaq. Despite speaking two different languages- the people on either end of the line are both concerned with similar things and connected emotionally despite the language barrier. Both Aningaaq and Dr. Stone have difficulties that they must find a way around. Dr. Stone is trapped in space with the emotional burden of her daughter’s death and Aningaaq is debating whether or not he should put his sick dog out of her misery.
Eventually both are able to overcome their challenges by letting go of the memories that made it difficult to proceed.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)