Laurent Boileau & Jung's Animated 'Approved for Adoption' Trailer
"Am I a good guy or a bad guy?" GKids has released the official trailer for an animated documentary titled Approved for Adoption, telling the story of Korean filmmaker/animator Jung Henin, who was adopted by a Belgium family after the end of the Korean War. The doc, using some bits of archival family footage, is mostly animated by hand by Jung and tells his life story growing up in Europe and eventually returning to Seoul for his first time since he was abandoned. The film first premiered in 2012 and played at the Annecy Animation Film Festival. This doc looks very sweet and, as one of the quotes in the trailer says, impossible not to be charmed by it. Even if you've never heard of this, it's admirable for the animation and story alone.
Here's the full release trailer for Laurent Boileau & Jung's Approved for Adoption, in high def on Apple:
Originally titled Couleur de peau: Miel, this remarkable animated documentary traces the unconventional upbringing of the filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted after the end of the Korean War. It is the story of a boy stranded between two cultures. Animated vignettes – some humorous and some poetic – track Jung from the day he first meet his new blond siblings, through elementary school, and into his teenage years, when his emerging sense of identity begins to create fissures at home and ignite the latent biases of his adoptive parents. The filmmaker tells his story using his own animation intercut with snippets of super-8 family footage and archival film. The result is a memoir like no other: clear-eyed and unflinching, humorous, and above all, inspiring in the capacity of the human heart. Arrives November 1st.