Return to Seoul

117 minutes | 2022 | Cambodia | Narrative | French, Korean, English | sub. English | 17+



XXI 1 | MON 28 NOV | 20:00


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.


Davy Chou


Director’s Filmography


Diamond Island



Cambodia 2099 (Short)



Golden Slumbers (Documentary)


Production Company

Aurora Films



Athens International Film Festival 2022

Winner for Best Picture

Cannes Film Festival 2022

Nominee for Un Certain Regard Award

Toronto International Film Festival 2022

Official selection

Busan International Film Festival 2022

Official selection

Cambodia entry for Best International Feature at the Academy Awards 2023

Director's Profile

Davy Chou

Davy Chou

Davy Chou is a French director and producer born in 1983, based between Paris and Phnom Penh. He co-founded the French production company Vycky Films and the Cambodian production company Anti-Archive. Grandson of Cambodian producer Van Chann, Davy Chou directed in 2011 “Golden Slumbers” (Forum - Berlinale 2012), a documentary about the birth of Cambodian cinema in the 1960s and its brutal destruction by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. He has also directed several short films including “Cambodia 2099” (Directors' Fortnight - Cannes 2014). His first feature, "Diamond Island", produced by Aurora Films and co-produced by Anti-Archive and Vandertastic, was awarded the SACD Prize at Critics’ Week- Cannes 2016. His second feature, "Return to Seoul", produced by Aurora Films and co-produced by Vandertastic and Frakas Productions, is selected at Un Certain Regard – Cannes 2022. In parallel, Davy Chou continues his activity as a producer: he has recently produced Cambodian filmmakers, including Kavich Neang ("White Building" - Venice Film Festival 2021) and was also line producer on "Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle" by Arthur Harari (Un Certain Regard – Cannes 2021).

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