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.

This film was made in 2016.


“Most successful is Your approval is not essential from the Serbian choreographer Jelena Kostic and the Belgian film director Leen Michiels – with high heels, rollerblades, a mountain of grapefruit and a naked cat in the lead. In twelve minutes we see what an encounter in the supermarket can do to a woman. Kostic constructed movements that combine despicable everydayness, maximum restraint and over-the-top action – a style characteristic of the choreographer. Philipp Schueller and Rens de Waal made a range of unorthodox outfits that add more and more color.” 

– Het Parool


Choreography by – Jelena Kostic
Director & writer – Leen Michiels
Fashion by Schueller de Waal
Art Direction by – Leen Michiels, Jelena Kostic, Schueller de Waal.
Cast – Ulrika Kinn Svensson, Majon van der Schot
Production – Yola Parie, Marie Klein

This film was created as part of Act! Cut! Play!, an initiative of FASHIONCLASH, Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond and MoMu – ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen. Fonds Podiumkunsten, Fonds 21 and the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie