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Aningaaq (2013)

November 21, 2013 0 drama, sci-fi

Directed by Jonas Cuaron

Aningaaq is a short film directed by Jonas Cuaron, son of Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron (father and son co-wrote the Gravity screenplay). Filmed on a budget of $100,000, Aningaaq is set in a Greenland fjord.

Aningaaq was originally intended as a spinoff and extra for the Blu-ray DVD of Gravity. It shows us the other end of a radio communication from a scene in Gravity – Sandra Bullock’s character Doctor Ryan Stone calling for help from her stricken capsule in space. However, the film is thriving in its own right, has done very well on the short film festival circuit and may soon be up for an Oscar nomination.

Leading actor Sandra Bullock described Aningaaq as an “absolutely beautiful piece of loneliness. … I get goose bumps thinking about it.”

Sight (2012)

July 30, 2013 0 sci-fi

Shortfilmweb Star Pick!

Created by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo as a graduation project from the Bezaleal academy of arts.

Starring Ori Golad and Deborah Aroshas.

Sight is a short film about a date taking place in the future – a future where augmented reality is as much a part of daily life as breathing and eating. Not only does computer technology govern home entertainment and idle leisure time (gaming, for example) but also activities such as cooking, eating – and dating.

In a world where everybody has Google Glass type lenses overlaying their eyes, our protagonist, who we learn is one of those behind this developing technology (Sight) uses his inside knowledge to his advantage when taking a pretty girl on a date.

For a graduate project, this film is astonishingly well produced. The cinematography and editing are excellent, and the CGI is of the quality we might expect in a film like Minority Report. The dialogue is tight, the script well-acted. A very entertaining and relevant film, especially today as we move ever faster towards a world which twenty years ago seemed unimaginable.


Alive in Joberg (2006)

March 4, 2013 0 sci-fi

Created by Neill Blomkamp.

Alive in Joberg is the short film that went on to be developed into an extremely successful and well-received feature, District 9. Set in a future Johannesberg, Alive in Joberg shows us a glimpse of the chaos and segregation caused by the immigration of an alien species (referred to in a pejorative and derogatory sense as ‘prawns’) into human society. Drawing apparent parallels with apartheid and the themes of immigration, integration and prejudice, the situations, challenges and dilemmas arising from the inability of two species (races) to live together in harmony brings to mind dozens of existing conflicts – Israel-Palestine, to name just one. Alive in Joberg uses some rudimentary but effective CGI to show us an imaginary world not a million miles from many societies currently in existence on our very own earth.