Return to Seoul

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Director(s)Davy Chou
Writer(s)Davy Chou
LanguageEnglish, French, Korean
Country France, Germany, Belgium, South Korea, Romania, Cambodia, Qatar
Running Time1HR 59MINS
Extra InfoEnglish Subtitles
SeasonMain Programme

Davy Chou’s Return to Seoul, which premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, is an unpredictable and refreshingly authentic story of a young woman’s search for identity, and of the ever-shifting relationships that shape it.

Freddie (Park Ji-Min) was adopted when she was very young, born in South Korea and raised in France. She’s magnetic, spirited and hard to pin down; never in one place, or with one person, for long enough to get attached. At 25 years old, Freddie makes an impulsive decision to visit Seoul for the first time since her adoption, in an attempt to reconnect with her biological parents and the culture she had to leave behind.

Featuring a revelatory performance from newcomer Park Ji-Min, this bittersweet journey of self-discovery sees Freddie travel from South Korea's vibrant, neon-soaked capital to its tranquil port cities, in search of a better understanding of her own identity, culture and home.

Winner of Best Film - International Competition at the Belfast Film Festival 2022.

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