In 1976 a three year boy, Bae Suk, along with other South Korean children, landed at Zurich Airport on a no return flight from Seoul. Bae Suk settles with a foster family near Basel and receives a new name, Mischa. 

Mischa integrates successfully into his new surroundings, but often feels like a stranger. For the next three decades Mischa suppresses all thoughts about his adoption and Korean origin. However at 35 Mischa is gripped with a strong curiosity and desire to fill in the missing gaps of his lost Korean identity. He realizes that there is a lot to find out. With his parents name printed on his adoption papers and the help of the adoption agency he discovers he has a sister who already tried to contact him in 1992.

Mischa is now completely intrigued and determined to follow these clues to his past. He quits his job and flat and emigrates to South Korea. 

A journey into the unknown begins.

Duration88 minutes
FormatDCP / 5.1
LanguagesSwiss German dialect, German, English, Korean
SubtitlesEnglish, German, French
DistributionCineworx GmbH (cinema release in CH in December 2016)
FestivalsSolothurn Film Festival 2016, Freistadt Festival 2016 – “Der Neue Heimatfilm”

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Press / Reviews

„Reset Restart is his personal story of emigration. One that touches you through its honesty rather than losing itself in emotional battlefields surrounding adoption.“

Swiss Television (10vor10 News)

„Reset Restart is the sensitive portrait of a brave young man who leaves his entire life behind to get to the bottom of his past.”


“Judith Lichtneckert presents a strong documentary. (…) Reset-Restart is a stirring film that asks more than it answers. It questions home and origin, belonging and rootlessness.“

Basler Zeitung

“Judith Lichtneckert presents an intimiate and sensitive film portrait. While the camera follows Mischa to Seoul, looking discreetly over his shoulders, we witness his own rediscovery, revealing deeply human reactions of amazement and fear; speechlessness and shame. It is the triumph of love over personal barriers, surpassing cultural boundaries.”

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

“The film finds a perfect narrative rhythm, which is a pleasure to follow. Both protagonist and film shine through their honesty and authenticity. We learn how an existential road movie can have a straightforward and credible tonality.”


“Reset Restart is a fascinatingly subjective film about a radically deliberate change of life.”

Sennhausers Filmblog


Written and directed byJudith Lichtneckert
Cinematography/SoundAndreas Birkle, Philip Caviezel, Daniel Casparis
EditingDaniel Casparis, Annette Brütsch
MusicMartin Skalsky, Christian Schlumpf, Michael Duss
Sound Design/Sound MixDaniel Hobi Digital
PostproductionRolf Lang, Redsmoke AG
Graphic DesignJane Gebel/Nora Cista, Tarzan + Jane
Produced byJudith Lichtneckert Emilia Productions Gmbh & Nico Gutmann, Unico Films Gmbh
© 2016 unico film gmbh & Emilia Productions GmbH