The Return

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    The Return

    Directed by

    Denmark

    2018

    85 min

    • English
    • Danish
    • Korean

    Docufiction, Drama

    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.

    Awards

    • 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

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Karoline Sofie Lee
    Thomas Hwan
    Seong In-Ja
    Screenplay
    Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen
    Cinematography
    Catherine Pattinama Coleman
    Editing
    Julius Krebs Damsbo
    Music
    Philip Nicolai Flindt

    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.

    Sales
    PLUTO FILM
    Production
    WALENCIAK FILM
    Production
    ADOMEIT FILM
    Production
    CINE EVERYWHERE
    Festival Bookings
    DANISH FILM INSTITUTE

    Press

    Malene Choi

    Malene Choi

    Denmark

    Malene Choi, born in 1973 in Denmark, graduated as a documentary director from the National Film School of Denmark in 2005. She has directed a number of documentaries and in 2011 directed the short fiction CREATURE. THE RETURN is Choi's first feature film.