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.
Basic information Credits Materials
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 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 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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Type Source Author Date
Interview Politiken-Fonden Fals, Katinka Bundgård 2018-03-22