Malene Choi’s THE RETURN wins Special Mentions at IFF Rotterdam and Göteborg FF


It was the world premiere weekend for Malene Choi’s debut drama hybrid THE RETURN and the film shone bright in both competitions it participated in – Bright Future Competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam and Nordic Competition at Göteborg Film Festival – where the feature was honoured with Special Mentions.

IFF Rotterdam: Bright Future Award – Special Mention
“What begins as a personal quest gradually transforms into a reflection on loneliness, belonging, and existential homecoming. For this reason, the jury felt compelled to give a special mention to Malene Choi Jensen’s The Return.”

Jury consisted of Ania Trzebiatowska, Nathalie Alonse Casale and Ryan Krivoshey.

Göteborg FF: FIPRESCI Award – Special Mention
“Two films were outstanding in different ways. This one for its modern and experimental approach in cinematography, editing and sound design. A special mention goes to The Return, by Malene Choi.”

The jury consisted of Jan Erik Holst, Manuel Halpern and Darjja Badior.


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