EN - When a chance supermarket encounter unlocks untapped passion in an ordinary woman, her grey life quickly goes into sensory overload. Your Approval Is Not Essential sheds a colourful, whimsical light on what happens when you let go of your inhibitions and - out of the blue - start embracing life’s quirky pleasures.

NL - Een toevallige ontmoeting in een supermarkt doet onvermoede passie ontwaken in een gewone vrouw en brengt plots kleur in haar grijze leven. Your Approval Is Not Essential toont de zonderlinge zintuiglijke belevingen die je kan ervaren als je – al is het maar voor even – je remmingen vergeet en besluit om de grillen van het leven te omarmen.

FR - Quand le hasard d'une rencontre au supermarché réveille des passions enfouies chez une femme ordinaire, sa vie grise et monotone s'en trouve bouleversée. Your Approval Is Not Essential dévoile de manière colorée et frivole ce qui se passe lorsque vous vous libérez de vos inhibitions et décidez de succomber aux plaisirs de la vie.


Title Your Approval Is Not Essential
Original title Your Approval is Not Essential
Original language English, French
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Shorts
Genre drama
Year 2016
World première / first public presentation 2017-03-10


Cast Ulrika Kinn Svensson, Majon van der Schot
Photography Mark Sanders
Editing Bram Rabaye
Sound Bram Deryckere
Art director Leen Michiels
Costume Schueller de Waal
Makeup Cyrill Buttignol, Story Matsui
Music Fady One

Technical specs

Running time film 11'49"
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio 1:2:35
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Screen Brussels
Production partners De Brakke Grond - Amsterdam


2017: Cinedans EYE Amsterdam (NL); Euregion Film Festival Heerlen (NL); Buenos Aires Fashion Film Festival (AR); PAMA - Paris Art and Movie Awards (FR); American Dance Festival Movies by Movers, New York (US); Film Art Dance On Tour; Braga International Video Dance Festival (PT); Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, New York (US); Raindance Film Festival (UK)


2017: Best Performance, Buenos Aires Fashion Film Festival (AR); Best Short, Audience Award, Portland Dance Film Festival (PDFF) (US)

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Last edited by Leen Michiels on 22 September 2017

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Producers Yola Parie
Writers Leen Michiels

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