Film will be re-titled as ‘RETURN TO SEOUL’


NEW YORK / CANNES (May 16, 2022) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today they have acquired all rights in North America, Latin America, Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand to the Cannes 2022 Film Festival selection, ALL THE PEOPLE I’LL NEVER BE, written and directed by Davy Chou, and now re-titled as RETURN TO SEOUL. The film will premiere in the Un Certain Regard section on Sunday.

Produced by Charlotte Vincent under her Aurora Films banner and Katia Khazak, co-produced by Hanneke Van Der Tas, Cassandre Warnauts, and Jean-Yves Roubin, and associate produced by Ha Min-Ho and Chou, the film stars Park Ji-Min, Oh Kwang-Rok, Guka Han, Kim Sun-Young, Yoann Zimmer, and Louis-Do De Lencquesaing.

On an impulse, 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 in RETURN TO SEOUL.

“I’m tremendously excited to work together with Sony Pictures Classics,” said Chou. “They are home to so many great films. I’m looking forward to sharing RETURN TO SEOUL with their audiences worldwide.”

“RETURN TO SEOUL speaks to the younger audience returning to theaters as well as the classical specialized film audience. A great story of a woman in search of her past. It is satisfying and promises success on all levels. RETURN TO SEOUL instantly elevates Davy Chou to the highest level of international filmmakers working today,” added Sony Pictures Classics.

“Davy Chou has made a very moving film that takes you to unexpected places with an incredible central performance from Park Ji-Min as the formidable yet vulnerable Freddie, and we are thrilled to be working with him and partnering again with Sony Pictures Classics on its international release,” said MK2 Films.

The deal was negotiated between Sony Pictures Classics and MK2 Films.


Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992—which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world.  Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 41 Academy Awards® (37 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 183 Academy Award® nominations (157 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for THE FATHER, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, WHIPLASH, AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, and CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.   


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