On Borrowed Time

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United Arab Emirates | 2018 | 97 minutes | Yasir Al Yasiri

After one of them receives a windfall inheritance, a group of fiesty elderly men escape their assisted living home and hit the streets of Dubai to explore the dreams they had all but forgotten in this tender comedy-adventure that proves you are never too old to discover life's joys.
"It's Grumpy Old Men-style silly at times, but worth watching just for Saad Al Faraj's sweetly sympathetic performance." Kathy Fenessy - The Stranger

Four old men resigned to their retirement home routines catch one last hoorah when one of them receives an unexpected inheritance in this humanizing buddy comedy. Each a character in their own right, the quartet make an unlikely crew of rule-breakers with the help of their beleaguered nurse Khalid: Abu Hassan is a wannabe astrologer and ringleader; Abu Hamad is wheelchair-bound but still dreams of recording a vocal album; General Talaat is a retired general who speaks with military precision but hides a tender side; "The Pharmacist," as he's known throughout the film, deals prescription meds to his fellow retirees. After the General suddenly inherits 50 million dirhams, Abu Hassan believes they should spend the money and live life fuller with what time they have left. The only problem is the elderly aren't allowed to leave the premises; not that it would deter them. From a music studio to a nightclub with kids a quarter of their age, they stumble and laugh their way through a night of absurdity. Yasir Al Yasiri's short story-based film is quick to remind us it's never too late to live out your dreams and pursue a little self-reinvention.

Director Biography
Yasir Al Yasiri started his career directing music videos and is now considered a pioneer in the music video scene of the Arab World. His debut short film Murk Light was accepted into numerous festivals including the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012. On Borrowed Time is Yasiri's first feature-length movie.

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  • Original Language Title: Shabab Sheyab
  • Director: Yasir Al Yasiri
  • Principal Cast: Saad Al Faraj, Salloum Haddad, Marie Al Halyan, Mansoor Alfeeli, Fouad Ali
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: United Arab Emirates
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Producer: Rami Yasin
  • Screenplay: Yasir Al Yasiri
  • Cinematographers: Adrian Silisteanu
  • Editors: Shahnaz Dulaimy
  • Music: Jerry Lane
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Arabic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Cinetic Media