30.09. - 09.10.2021

The Return Denmark, South Korea 2018 | 84 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2018

Malene Choi

MALENE CHOI JENSEN (*1973) studied documentary film-making at the Danish Film Academy and has made numerous prize-winning short films and pieces of video art. The Return is her debut feature film.

rated for 0 + years
HYBRID A woman caught between two worlds, looking for roots in a foreign land that somehow feels like home. Karoline was born in South Korea and adopted by Danish parents. As an adult, she returns for the first time to the country of her birth in an attempt to fill the voids of the past. There, she discovers a network of people from the USA and Europe all looking for their Korean mothers – and all with the same catalogue of frustrating experiences. The film is based on the director's own family history and occupies an area between documentary and feature film.
Original title: The Return
Film type: Hybrid
Original language: Danish, English, Korean
Section: Asia Express
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Malene Choi
Screenplay: Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen
Cast: Karoline Sofie Lee, Thomas Hwan, Seong In-Ja
Producer: Julie Friis Walenciak, Julie Rix Bomholt, Katja Adomeit
Director of Photography: Catherine Pattinama Coleman
Music: Philip Nicolai Flindt
Production Design:
Editor: Julius Krebs Damsbo
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: Pluto Film
Production: Walenciak Film; Adomeit Film
Contact: Daniela Chlapíková, Pluto Film Distribution Network GmbH:


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