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Return to Seoul

Directed by Davy Chou
France, Belgium, Germany
116 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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From Cannes Un Certain Regard, Davy Chou’s (Golden Slumbers, SFF 2012; Diamond Island, SFF 2017) moving, delightful film follows a young French woman’s quest to discover her Korean roots.
Twenty-five-year-old Freddie is meant to take a short holiday in Japan. But at the last moment, she decides to fly from Paris to Seoul. South Korea was her birthplace before she was adopted and raised in France. Upon her arrival Freddie begins a tentative search for her birth parents. Torn between a strong desire to find them, and strong feelings of anger at her abandonment, she faces a drawn-out, complex process. In the interim, she sets about a series of adventures and misadventures in Seoul. Drinking games get out of hand, a one-night stand gets way too attached, and all the while the headstrong Freddie questions both her mission and her identity. In Freddie, director Chou has created a fascinating and unforgettable character, brilliantly brought to life by Ji-Min Park. Over nearly a decade, we follow her as she contends with her identity crisis – a journey filled with moments of humour and deep emotion, in a film of great vibrancy and power. Previously known as All the People I'll Never Be.

Image: ©Aurora 
It has a seductive, searching quality and a swell of melancholy which makes for an engaging, if unpredictable journey.
Wendy Ide, Screendaily.com

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Davy Chou
Davy Chou is a French-Cambodian filmmaker who made his debut with the documentary Golden Slumbers (SFF 2012) about the destruction of Cambodian cinema by the Khmer Rouge. His follow up, the feature film Diamond Island (SFF 2017) premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week in 2016. His new feature, Return to Seoul, was selected for Cannes Un Certain Regard 2022.


Sat 18 Jun
State Theatre
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Sun 19 Jun
State Theatre
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Program Strand
Official Competition
Original Title
All the People I'll Never Be
Unclassified 15+
France, Belgium, Germany
In English, French and Korean with English subtitles
Davy Chou
Charlotte Vincent
Park Ji-min, Oh Kwang-rok, Guka Han
Davy Chou
Australian Premiere
South East Asia, Cannes Selected
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing
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