THE RETURN - hybrid feature

director Malene Choi

scriptwriter Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen

producers Julie Friis Walenciak, Julie Rix Bomholt and Katja Adomeit

director of photography Catherine Pattinama Coleman

editor Julius Krebs Damsbo

sound designers Anne Gry Friis Kristensen & Kevin Koch

composer Philip Nicolai Flindt

produced by Walenciak Film, Adomeit Film and Cine Everywhere

supported by New Danish Screen and Seoul Film Commission




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.









International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands – Bright Future Award – Special Mention – World Premiere

Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden – FIPRESCI Award – Special Mention

Vilnius IFF 'Kino pavasaris', Lithuania – Competition of European Debuts

CPH:DOX, Denmark

Hot Docs, Canada

Film Fest Sundsvall, Sweden – Nordic Mid Competition

Jeonju IFF, South Korea – Special Jury Prize

Diaspora IFF, South Korea

Flying Broom IFF, Turkey

Seattle IFF, USA

Edinburgh IFF, UK

Valetta FF, Spain

Brussels IFF, Belgium – European Jury Prize

New York Asian FF, USA

New Horizons IFF, Poland – New Horizons International Competition

Taoyuan FF, Taiwan

Sakhalin IFF, Russian Federation – Competition

Helsinki IFF Love & Anarchy, Finland

Hamburg FF, Germany – Competition for Sichtwechsel Film Award

Silk Screen FF, USA

Carbonia FF, Italy – International Feature Film Competition

São Paulo IFF, Brazil – New Directors Competition

Valladolid IFF, Spain – Best Film Award –  Meeting Point Competition

London Korean FF, UK

AFI Fest, USA –  New Auteurs Competition

San Diego Asian FF, USA

Cork FF, Ireland

Danish Film Academy, DK  – 'Robert' Nominee for Best Documentary 




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