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Borrowed Time – by Andrew Coats & Lou Hamou-Lhadj

American animation comes out of its comfort zone and tells the drama

2015 | 5 - 10 | Animation | CGI | Drama | USA

Animated short film and drama. We are not used to associate this genre to poignant and dark tales, but watching Borrowed Time directed by Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, you realize that the animation is a versatile field, able to impart the pathos and the emotional force of an existential drama.

In this award-winning short film, a weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, on the red and arid land, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake and his remorse once again, he must find the strength to carry on.

Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj worked on this project on their own time for the last five years. Their experience in the Pixar’s factory  (they worked as animators for Cars 2, Wall-E and Toy Story 3) is perceptible on the accuracy of each single frame. The drama told in Borrowed Time is not only in the “story” as the sheriff’s inner struggle shines through images and colors, even in the dust that rises from the rocks. A few minutes to make sense of a tormented existence. 

“In America, animation has largely become synonymous with kids’ films, whereas elsewhere around the world it’s celebrated as a medium that can be used to tell any story,” Coats told Variety. “We feel this cultural difference limits the potential audience and range of themes in American animation, and is a large part of why we chose to make Borrowed Time.” “Having worked on family films with a lot of heart and comedy, we wanted to do something outside of our comfort zone: a serious, action drama. We knew this would be a huge challenge for us,” Hamou-Lhadj added.

We recommend to visit the very nice website, a page is dedicated to all the awards Borrowed Time won around the world. We are sure that this page will be updated frequently.

Chiara Pascali

Chiara Pascali

Digital Strategist. Particolare inclinazione verso la continua ricerca del nuovo e del bello. Cinema, letteratura e musica i linguaggi che preferisco per sondare la realtà che mi circonda.

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