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Yasir Al-Yasiri starts filming for new Arabic comedy in UAE

The story follows four elderly men spending the latter years of their lives in a senior home until their world is turned around.

ABU DHABI: Image Nation Abu Dhabi, a leading media and entertainment company, has announced that production has begun on its newest feature film “On Borrowed Time”.
Having kicked off on Sept. 16, the production will be shooting for one month at locations around Dubai including famous landmarks such as Atlantis The Palm and SEGA at Dubai Mall.
The feel-good comedy is written and directed by filmmaker and music video pioneer Yasir Al-Yasiri, produced by Rami Yasin, with Emirati director Majid Al-Ansari serving as executive producer along with Mansour Al-Feeli.
Director Al-Yasiri, whose first short film was nominated for an award at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, commented, “I am excited to be making my first feature-length film with such a renowned studio as Image Nation, whose reputation of supporting artistic and forward- thinking filmmakers is critical to the establishment of a film and television industry in the UAE. The script is based on the short story of famous poet and celebrated songwriter Kareem Al-Iraqi and is an inspiring story of human adventure and unquenchable hope”.
The narrative follows four elderly men spending the latter years of their lives in a senior home, down and dejected, until their world is turned around when one of them inherits 50 million dirhams and is able to support the dreams they had all but forgotten.
The production enlists an all-star cast of Arabic talent including renowned Kuwaiti actor Saad Al-Faraj (Souq Al-Maqases, Darb Al-Zalag); Syrian star Salloum Hadad (Al-Kawasir As Shaqeef); Emirati actors Mansoor Al-Feeli (Qalb Al-Adala, Dishoom) and Marie Al-Halyan (Khiyanat Watan, Wadeema Wa Haleema) in the four lead roles.
Ben Ross, Head of narrative film and television at Image Nation said: “The recent success of Arabic films such as ‘Zinzana’ and ‘Theeb’ not just locally but around the world, proved that global audiences have an appetite for regional stories.”

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