By Mary Thornton
A little while before its release to the public, I had a chance to see Borrowed Time at the Brooklyn Film Festival - where it took home the audience award in the animation category - and later had a chance to interview one of the directors while he was in the city. He explains what it was like working on a close collaborative work over a number of years, and the process of finding a story of forgiveness in a dark place.
Even with a quality education and experience, the pair dealt with their fair share of obstacles in making the film happen. "We might have extreme deadlines on a film that demand a lot of our time and we want to be equally invested as co-directors. There would easily be times where one of us would go 'I’m too busy I can’t do this' and the film would go on hold and possibly [would] never get finished. The two of us though would always pick up the slack whenever we could, and that was huge in getting over every obstacle from story to production."
The finished film has been online for just under a week and already has seven million views, with many comments praising the unexpected twist and the risky dark tone for taking them on a "feels trip." This is, I believe, the internets' way of letting Lou Hamou-Lhadj know that he accomplished his goal of taking a medium usually considered child-friendly to new places.
You can watch Borrowed Time and judge for yourself below. Slight trigger warning for animated violence.