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Jonás Cuarón filmed a short to tell the other half of a Gravity scene

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While Gravity's astronauts are in peril out in space, life marches on down below. Gravity co-writer Jonás Cuarón filmed a companion short set during the events of Sandra Bullock's harrowing space journey that shows a meditative moment back on Earth.

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Gravity spoilers below.

During one scene in Gravity, Bullock's character Ryan Stone manages to make contact with someone on Earth, but quickly realizes that the person on the other end doesn't speak English. Jonás Cuarón's short film Aningaaq shows us what life looks like from the other side of that long-distance conversation:

Aningaaq, an Inuit fisherman camping on the ice over a frozen fjord, talks through a two way radio with a dying astronaut who is stranded in space, 500 kilometers above Earth. Even though he doesn't speak English and she doesn't speak Greenlandic, they manage to have a conversation about dogs, babies, life and death.

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The idea for linking in the disembodied voice in Gravity to a fisherman with a two-way radio came out of Jonás Cuarón's trips to Greenland with his father, Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón. Although the Cuaróns didn't want to cut to anything back on Earth during the actual feature film, they thought it would be neat to tell Aningaaq's story through a standalone short film. HitFix has more details on how Aningaaq came into being through interviews with both father and son.

Aningaaq screened at the Telluride Film Festival, and the rest of us will get to watch it when it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray with Gravity—although I hope we get a peek at it before then.

Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón talk 'Gravity' short film companion piece 'Aningaaq' [HitFix via /Film]

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Ok, so slightly off topic, but I highly recommend dropping what your doing and listening to the magnificent Fresh Air interview of Space Video Master Chris Hadfield. In addition to generalized gloriousness, at the very end of the interview the guy takes personal responsibility for the Challenger disaster. He says he noticed the chunk of foam bouncing off the wing and that he thinks he could have prompted them to take a space walk and fix it. I cannot tell you how brutally honest he is and the question was never really asked. He says that in his own mind he killed them. Yikes. Somebody run this guy for president. Gives you a whole new take on his Space Oddity cover.