Animated short film
A little girl suffers from an emotional wound. In her imagination, the Wound takes on a life of its own, in the form of a shaggy creature that becomes her best friend. They grow up together. Firmly ensconced in the mind of the girl, the Wound starts to control her life completely. The film was made under the impression of the author's childhood memories. The starting point was the creation of a black shaggy creature, the Wound, which then increasingly gained presence and became the girls’ closest companion. Anna BUDANOVA made this film with a small team of friends, especially dedicating efforts to the sound production: “The most enjoyable moment was making sound and noise. For some parts, we used water pipes in order to create a peculiar soundtrack.” This animation portrays the friendship between the girl and its Wound in pictures that are at nightmarish and hauntingly beautiful at the same time.
Reason for Award
Approved for Adoption is far from being just another story about going “in search of myself”. Japan benefitted economically from the Korean War, though it is little known that war orphans were born in Korea, and many of them were then sent to foster parents in Europe and America. The film portrays the protagonist (and artist) and his yearnings for his home country (and biological mother), as well as his anguish about being alien in his European family. The work is restrained in how it expresses both the adversities created by the war and the Confucian influences of his homeland, as well as the reactions to his genuine attempts to help others. The use of the honey-like color to neutralize JUNG’s own ashen experiences is superb, while the film deftly relates the narrative through weaving real footage of the period with animation of the emotions and memories of the artist. (OOI Fumio)