Press 13 MAR 2013

Double kudos for Jung Hénin and Laurent Boileau’s Couleur de peau : Miel (Approved for Adoption)

Hénin and Boileau’s animated feature Approved for Adoption snatched both the Children’s Film Festival’s Grand Prix and the INIS Prize at the latest Montreal Children’s Film Festival.

The international festival jury - Québec actor Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Czech director/producer Petr Koliha and Florence Dupont, programmer of « Mon Premier Festival en France » - chose Couleur de Peau : Miel (Approved for Adoption) for the Grand Prix for best feature-length film in the official competition. On top of that, the film won the INIS prize, which is given to a film which stands out for its innovative and original qualities.

Using a mixture of animation and live action, the film draws the portrait of a young Korean (director Jung Henin), who was adopted by a Belgian family. Jung looks back on his past life and relates the events that gradually made him take his destiny into his own hands and accept his mixed roots. The film deals with the uprooted individual’s search of identity, integration, maternal love and life in a mixed family – with a strong sense of poetry, humour and affection.

Based on the graphic novel published by Éditions Quadrants/Soleil, Couleur de Peau : Miel relates the story of the uprooted cartoonist and his quest of reconciliation with his roots.

The film was produced in Belgium by Artemis Productions with the support from the Centre de Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of the Walloon-Brussels Federation.

The Montreal Children’s Film Festival, established in 1996, is one of the most prominent festivals for children’s films in Canada. The festival programme, which includes short and feature-length films and animation, focuses on films for children aged 2 to 12.