Winner of the Audience Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
A hybrid of stylised animation and autobiographical documentary, Laurent Boileau and Jung's adaptation of the latter's graphic novel weaves memories and moods into a thoughtful meditation upon the adoptee experience.
Recalling Persepolis (MIFF 2007) and Waltz with Bashir (MIFF 2008) in style and tone, Approved for Adoption uses honey-toned sketches to enliven Jung's formative years as a Korean-born, Belgian-raised and Japanese culture-obsessed adolescent. Nearly four decades later, his belated trip to his homeland is captured in live-action footage to provide the perfect dramatic complement, with the film charting Jung's endeavour to reconcile his upbringing with his roots.
Gorgeously animated and engagingly compiled, Approved for Adoption is wry, endearing and sophisticated storytelling that traces issues of identity.
"This voyage of discovery will provide throat lumps galore." – Variety
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MIFF recommends age 12+
All films featured as part of the Next Gen program are approved for screening by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. No person under the age of 15 years shall be admitted to Next Gen screenings unless in the company of an adult guardian.
D Jung, Laurent Boileau P Thomas Schmidt S Jung WS Wide House L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2012