Return to Seoul
Davy CHOU France, Germany, Belgium, Cambodia, South Korea, Qatar 116 mins NC16 (Some Nudity and Drug References) Singapore Premiere
A French adoptee visits her birth country of Korea, sparking a viscerally life-changing journey of self-discovery that spans years.
25-year-old Freddie is on an unplanned holiday in Seoul, her first time in South Korea after being adopted to France as a baby. Free-spirited, assertive and blunt even, she impulsively decides with the help of a friend to seek out her biological parents. The language barrier and patriarchal customs add to the friction and unease of reunion, but rather than providing resolution, the encounter sets her on a journey of personal discovery and transformation.
With moving performances and powerful closeups, Return to Seoul is a complex and compassionate portrait of a young woman grappling with identity while confronting buried grief and anger in the long process of healing.
Davy CHOU is a French-Cambodian director and producer. He directed Golden Slumbers (2011), a documentary about the birth and destruction of Cambodian cinema. He received the SACD Prize at Cannes Critics’ Week for his first narrative feature Diamond Island (2016). Return to Seoul premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes.