The Quiet Migration

Stille Liv

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere
Born in Korea, 20-year-old Carl was adopted at a very young age by a childless Danish farming family. Despite being raised in a Danish environment, the young man lives and is treated as a foreigner in the conservative and racist Danish province. And when his father retires, Carl is called upon to decide who he truly is. Honored with the FIPRESCI Prize at last year’s Berlinale, Korean-born Danish director Malene Choi's second film draws on her painful experiences in order to narrate a universal story of alienation but also to address – often with a touch of biting humor – the profound human yearning for belonging. This understated film, with its Bressonian nuances and gentle dignity, delicately alludes to our collective longing for identity and acceptance.
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Direction: Malene Choi
Script: Malene Choi, Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen
Cinematography: Louise McLaughlin
Editing: Sofie Steenberger, Malene Choi
Sound: Kristoffer Salting, Brian Dyrby
Actors: Cornelius Won Riedel-Clausen, Bjarne Henriksen, Bodil Jørgensen
Production: Manna Film
Producers: Maria Møller Kjeldgaard
Costumes: Mathilde Kjær Bang
Production Design: Josephine Farsø
Make Up: Maya Cecilie Geertsen Køster
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Denmark
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 103'
Contact: Danish Film Institute
Awards/Distinctions: FIPRESCI Prize (Panorama) – Berlin IFF 2023

Malene Choi

Malene Choi (1973), adopted from South Korea and raised in Denmark, graduated in 2005 from the National Film School of Denmark with her short film Inshallah, which received an Honorary Mention at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2006, while her Creature won Robert Award for Best Danish Short in 2013. Her debut feature The Return received a Special Mention at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 and a Special Mention at the Gothenburg Film Festival 2018.


2001 Essay (short)
2011 Creature (short)
2018 The Return
2023 The Quiet Migration