The Return


Two Danish-Korean adoptees visit their Motherland for the first time and are confronted with their own identity struggles.


Two Danish-Korean adoptees return for the first time to the country they were once born in. Confronted with the spirit of their Motherland and the personal stories of the fellow adoptees they meet in the city of Seoul, Karoline and Thomas are hurled into an emotionally disorienting journey that forces both of them to question and face their own destiny and identity.
Operating in a hybrid field THE RETURN is partially based on director Malene Choi's personal experience as well as stories shared by adoptees that Malene encountered in Seoul while shooting the film.

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Director: Malene Choi
Genre: Drama, hybrid
Original title: The Return
English title: The Return
Country of production: Denmark
Year of production: 2018
Length: 84 min
Colour: color
Shooting format: HD
Screening format: DCP
Original language: Danish, English, Korean
Subtitles: English

Cast: Karoline Sofie Lee, Thomas Hwan, Seong In-Ja
Scriptwriter: Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen
Director of photography: Catherine Pattinama Coleman
Editor: Julius Krebs Damsbo
Sound design: Anne Gry Friis Kristensen & Kevin Koch
Music: Philip Nicolai Flindt
Producers: Julie Friis Walenciak, Julie Rix Bomholt, Katja Adomeit
Co-Producers: Mark Siegmund
Production company: Walenciak Film, Adomeit Film
Co-production company: Cine Everywhere
Supported by: New Danish Screen, Seoul Film Commission

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Festivals / Awards

International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands – Bright Future Competition – World Premiere
Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden – Main Competition


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