News 17 SEP 2013

Approved for Adoption awarded in Copenhagen

Approved for adoption received the Best documentary award at the 13th edition of the BUSTER International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Denmark).

The jury was really enthusiastic when they explained their choice :

The film tells a personal story in a very poetic style of animation. The animations are mixed with live footage and 8mm film. The animations are all based on the main character's own drawings interpreting his upbringing as an adopted child in Europe. This personal and authentic visual style creates a strong identification with a child's experience of loneliness and foreignness within a large family".

The film is moving in its absolute honesty and raw depiction of the main character's upbringing, where his family as well as his own 'far from perfect' behavior are involved. This adoption story does not just tell a story of loss, though.
In the end the film suggests a possible healing of the loss of love. Despite the tough subject the film radiates an amazing excess and has moved us all.” 

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.