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19–30 JUNE 2019
  • Director

    Malene Choi

  • Starring

    Karoline Sofie Lee, Thomas Hwan, Seong In-Ja

  • Run Time

    84 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Certificate


  • Language

    Danish, English, Korean

  • Director of Photography: Catherine Pattinama Coleman

  • Editor: Julius Krebs Damsbo

  • Produced by: Julie Friis Walenciak, Julie Rix Bomholt, Katja Adomeit

  • Music: Philip Nicolai Flindt

  • Screenplay by: Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen

  • Sound Production: Anne Gry Friis Kristensen, Kevin Koch


The Return

Part of the European Perspectives Strand


An enthralling blend of fiction and documentary, Malene Choi’s emotionally absorbing film follows Danish-Korean adoptees as they head back to their native land in search of their birth parents. Denmark-raised Karoline (Karoline Sofie Lee) and Thomas (Thomas Hwan) meet at a Seoul guesthouse designed for returning Korean adoptees. As the two get to know each other, the film intercuts footage of other real-life residents dealing with the emotions that emerge from encounters with Korea, their birth parents and how this impacts their adoptive families.

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