The Return

Malene Choi, Denmark, 2018

84 min.DK/FeatureDrama

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 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 between fiction and documentary, the film is based partly on the director’s own experiences, partly on stories by other adoptees.
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Original title The Return
Danish title The Return
Keywords Denmark, Korea, Adoption, Adopted children, Parents, Identity, Emotions
Director Malene Choi
Screenplay Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen
Producer Julie Friis Walenciak, Julie Rix Bomholt, Katja Adomeit
Director of Photography Catherine Pattinama Coleman
Editor Julius Krebs Damsbo
Sound Anne Gry Friis Kristensen, Kevin Koch
Composer Philip Nicolai Flindt
Appearance Thomas Hwan, Karoline Sofie Lee, Seong In Ja
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International sales Pluto Film Distribution Network GmbH
Online release 28.06.2018, Filmcentralen
Comment Feature debut by Malene Choi Jensen. World premiere in competition at Rotterdam Film Festival and Nordic premiere at Göteborg Film Festival, both 2018. Choi Jensen’s short 'Creature' (2011) won a Danish Robert Award for Best Short Fiction and was honoured with a Special Mention at Nordisk Panorama.
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company
Executive Producer Walenciak Film, Adomeit Film ApS, Cine Everywhere
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Malene Choi


Screenplay Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen


Producer Julie Friis Walenciak
Producer Julie Rix Bomholt
Producer Katja Adomeit
Co-producer Mark Siegmund


Cinematographer Catherine Pattinama Coleman


Editor Julius Krebs Damsbo


Composer Philip Nicolai Flindt


Sound designer Anne Gry Friis Kristensen
Sound designer Kevin Koch


Thomas Thomas Hwan
Karoline Karoline Sofie Lee
Thomas' mor Seong In Ja

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Best Film of Meeting Point Competition 2018 Valladolid International Film Festival andre datoer 2018
Special jury prize 2018 Jeonju International Film Festival 2018
Special Mention 2018 Göteborg International Film Festival 2018
Special Mention 2018 Rotterdam, International Film Festival 2018

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Los Angeles, AFI Int. Festival 2018-11-08
Valladolid International Film Festival 2018-10-20
Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 2018-10-18
Hamburg FilmFest GmbH 2018-09-27
Helsinki Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2018-09-20
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018-06-20
Seattle International Film Festival 2018-05-17
Jeonju International Film Festival 2018-05-03
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2018-04-26
CPH:DOX 2018-03-15
Vilnius International Film Festival 2018-03-15
Göteborg International Film Festival 2018-01-26
Rotterdam, International Film Festival 2018-01-24
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.
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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Interview Politiken-Fonden Fals, Katinka Bundgård 2018-03-22