Screen Daily (exclusive): TrustNordisk boards Berlinale Panorama selection ‘The Quiet Migration’ (exclusive)

By Wendy Mitchell / SCREEN DAILY



TrustNordisk has boarded international sales for The Quiet Migration, which will have its world premiere in Berlinale Panorama.

Malene Choi writes and directs in her fiction feature debut, after previously making the hybrid documentary-fiction project The Return, which premiered at Rotterdam in 2018. 

The drama is about Carl, 19, who lives a quiet life in the Danish countryside with his adoptive parents, who expect him to take over the family farm one day. But he begins to feel the pull of two worlds – his Danish home and his native homeland, South Korea. The cast features Cornelius Won Riedel-Clausen in the lead, with Bodil Jørgensen (The Kingdom Exodus) and Bjarne Henriksen (The Killing). 

Maria Møller Kjeldgaard produces for Manna Film. 

Choi wrote the script alongside Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen. Backers are the Danish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, The West Danish Film Fund and DR.

Øst for Paradis will handle Danish distribution (starting in spring 2023) and Mer Film will distribute in Norway.

The Quiet Migration has taken part in Torino’s ScriptLab, New Horizon Studio, Sources and Goteborg’s Discovery programme.

Managing director of TrustNordisk Susan Wendt said: “Malene’s film subtly explores the question of longing and belonging in a beautiful and wondrous way while highlighting the need for more such films to be made.” 

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Film info

Film title

The Quiet Migration


Malene Choi




103 min


EUR 1.4M