Return to Seoul

  • Sans retour / Ohne Rückkehr (Working title)
All titles (7)
Feature Film | 2021-2022 | Drama | Belgium, France, Germany



Brief synopsis

On an impulse to reconnect with her origins, Freddie, 25, returns to South Korea for the first time, where she was born before being adopted and raised in France. The headstrong young woman starts looking for her biological parents in a country she knows so little about, taking her life in new and unexpected directions.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Ji-Min ParkFreddie [L]Franciska Friede
Kwang-Rok OhFather [SR]
Guka HanTena [SR]
Sun-Young KimAunt [SR]
Yoann ZimmerMaxime [SR]
Louis-Do de LencquesaingAndré [SR]
Ouk-Sook HurGrandmother [SR]
Emeline BriffaudLucie [SR]
Cheol-Hyun LimKay-Kay [SR]
Seung-Beom SonDongwan [SR]
Dong-Seok KimJiwan [SR]


1st ADCamille Fleury
ColoristYannig Willmann
Director of photographyThomas Favel
2nd assistant cameraRonja Motzek
Casting directorJoanna Grudzinska
Costume designerYi Choong-Yu
Costume designerClaire Dubien
DirectorDavy Chou
Script supervisorMarion Bernard
EditorDounia Sichov
Key gripJérémy Tondeur
GafferDong-Gun Kang
GafferBertrand Prévot
Key makeup artist/hair stylistPascale Guégan
Key makeup artist/hair stylistJu-Young Kim
ComposerChristophe Musset
ComposerJérémie Arcache
ProducerKatia Khazak
ProducerCharlotte Vincent
Co-producerJean-Yves Roubin
Co-producerCassandre Warnauts
Co-producerHanneke van der Tas
Production designerChoi Chi-Youl
Production designerShin Bo-Koung
Production managerK. Jonathan Park
South Korea
South Korea
Production managerRémi Veyrié
ScreenwriterClaire Maugendre
ScreenwriterDavy Chou
Production sound mixerDirk Bombey
Sound designerVincent Villa
ADR supervisorCarina Heinrich
Deutsche Fassung
Deutsche Fassung

Production companies

Aurora Films
Frakas Productions S.P.R.L. [be]
Vandertastic GmbH & Co. KG [de]
MereCinema [kr]
associate producer South Korea
associate producer South Korea
Anti Archive [kh]
associate producer
associate producer
Visual Walkabout [ro]
service production Romania
service production Romania

Distributing companies

Les Films du Losange [fr]
France (theatrical)
France (theatrical)
MK2 [fr]
International Sales
International Sales
Rapid Eye Movies [de]
Germany (theatrical) 2023
Germany (theatrical) 2023
Stadtkino Filmverleih [at]
Austria (theatrical) 2023
Austria (theatrical) 2023


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Hanneke van der Tas2022Filmfest Hamburg [de]Hamburg Producer Award - Int. co-productionsNominated
Davy Chou2022ZFF - Zurich Film Festival [ch]Feature FilmNominated


2022GermanyFilm Festival Cologne
2022FranceFestival de CannesUn certain regard
2022CanadaTIFF - Toronto International Film FestivalDiscovery
2022PolandIFF New HorizonsDiscoveries


Theatre releaseAustriaThursday, 26/01/2023
Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 26/01/2023
Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 25/01/2023
PremiereSunday, 22/05/2022Festival de Cannes [fr]