The Return

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The Return

Directed by Malene Choi

  • Denmark 2018; 85 min
  • Original version: English, Danish, Korean
  • Genre: Drama, Docufiction
    • Special Jury Prize - Jeonju IFF
    • European Jury Award - Brussels IFF
    • Bright Future Award, Special Mention - International Film Festival Rotterdam
    • FIPRESCI Award, Special Mention - Göteborg FF
    • Best New Feature Award - Valladolid IFF


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.

Director's Statement

We, the adoptees live as the hidden minority in society and therefore I want to shed light on our existence and write us into history. Up until now, we have been silent, but as adults we now have a voice through which we can express how it feels to be part of a social experiment that transnational adoption is. THE RETURN is about being unsure of who you are and where you belong.








International Sales


    Daniela Chlapikova, Margot Haiböck 

Festival Bookings


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