GKIDS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR
APPROVED FOR ADOPTION
AWARD WINNING ANIMATED DOC
OPENS NOVEMBER 8 IN NEW YORK AND
NOVEMBER 22 IN LOS ANGELES
“Dazzling! Incredibly Moving!”
– Film International
“Rich in Emotion, Humor, and Poetry.”
“Unflaggingly Honest, Beautiful and Revealing!”
– Epoch Times
“It’s Impossible Not to be Charmed!”
New York, NY – September 24, 2013 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announced that it will release the animated documentary APPROVED FOR ADOPTION on November 8 at the Angelika Film Center in New York. The French film, directed by Jung Henin and Laurent Boileau, will also open at Los Angeles’ Laemmle Music Hall on November 22, followed by expansion to other cities. The film has won numerous festival awards including the Audience Award and Unicef Award at the prestigious Annecy Animated Film Festival.
APPROVED FOR ADOPTION traces the unconventional upbringing of filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted by Western families after the end of the Korean War. It is the story of a boy stranded between two cultures. Sepia-toned animated vignettes – some humorous and some poetic – track Jung from the day he first meets 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 wry, and above all, inspiring in the capacity of the human heart.
GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning filmed entertainment specializing in animation for both adult and family audiences. The company has scored three Best Animated Feature Oscar® nominations, with The Secret of Kells in 2010 and both A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012 – marking the first time an independent distributor has had two simultaneous nominations in the category. Current and upcoming releases include Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill, Ignacio Ferreras’ Wrinkles, featuring Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine and George Coe, as well as the animated Oscar®-contenders Ernest & Celestine, from producers Les Armateurs, and A Letter to Momo, from Japan’s Production I.G. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for Oscar®-winner Hayao Miyazaki’s famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. GKIDS is producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar®-qualifying event and North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. www.gkids.com/films