The Quiet Migration

Category: feature
Director: Malene Choi
Producer: Maria Møller Kjeldgaard
Country: Denmark
Year: 2023
Length: 102'
Production Status: completed


An unspoken yearning for homeland simmers in this lush social drama. Carl, a South Korean adoptee, lives a dutiful existence in the picturesque Danish countryside, tending to the family farm he’ll inherit one day. A quiet wound festers at his centre: Carl lives in a land where nobody looks like him, where family members openly decry migration. Director Malene Choi, also a South Korean adoptee, heightens Carl’s emotional world through surreal flourishes, as he glimpses phantom impressions of his birth mother, and an ominous crack threatens to split the seemingly idyllic farmhouse in two.
(Sydney Film Festival 2023)

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