Love Child

Eva Mulvad, Denmark, 2019

110 min.DK/Documentary

It is winter in Istanbul. A plane from Teheran has just landed. A couple, Leila and Sahand, have succeeded in fleeing Iran with their four-year-old son, Mani, without being arrested. In Iran, they committed a crime. Leila and Sahand had a secret love affair while being married to other people, and in Iran, they were not allowed to get divorced. Neither could they tell their son that he was an illegitimate child since adultery can be punished with the death penalty in Iran. So, up till the escape, Mani had only known his biological father as "uncle".
Basic information Credits
Original title Love Child
Danish title Kærlighedsbarnet
Keywords Refugees, Families, Iran, Turkey, Love, Infidelity, 2010-2019
Director Eva Mulvad
Co-director Morten Ranmar, Lea Glob
Screenplay Eva Mulvad
Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Director of Photography Eva Mulvad, Lea Glob, Morten Ranmar, Meryem Yavuz, Esben Grage, Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Editor Adam Nielsen
Sound Heikki Kossi
Composer Jakob Bro, Thomas Knak, Anders Remmer, Jesper Skaaning
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
International sales Autlook Filmsales
Online release 23.06.2020, Filmcentralen,
Comment Premiered at Toronto Film Festival. Eva Mulvad''s ''Enemies of Happiness'' (2006) and ''The Good Life'' (2011) were awarded at Sundance, IDFA and Karlovy Vary.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company Danish Documentary Production
Executive Producer Grunnet Film
Co-production Made
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Creative Europe, AVEK, Danida
In collaboration with DR, YLE, SVT, NRK, VPRO - Television, Yes Docu
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Eva Mulvad
Co-director Morten Ranmar
Co-director Lea Glob


Screenplay Eva Mulvad
Story and research Morten Ranmar
Story and research Henrik Grunnet


Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Co-producer Ulla Simonen
Co-producer Ilona Tolmunen
Executive producer Eva Mulvad
Executive producer Mikala Krogh
Executive producer Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Executive producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Executive producer Henrik Grunnet
Creative producer Henrik Grunnet
Creative producer Iikka Vehkalahti
Associate producer Kasper Lykke Schultz
Producer: development Sidsel Lønvig Siersted
Producer''s assistant Signe Høj
Producer''s assistant Emilia Moth
Production assistant Anja Gaard Olsen
Production assistant Mia Wolfsberg Andersen
Production assistant Oline Paludan Jørgensen
Production assistant Aleksandra Anna Krajewska
Post Producer Cecilie Byder
Post-production assistant Maja Bugge


Cinematographer Eva Mulvad
Cinematographer Lea Glob
Cinematographer Morten Ranmar
Cinematographer Meryem Yavuz
Cinematographer Esben Grage
Cinematographer Henrik Bohn Ipsen


Editor Adam Nielsen
B-editor Thor Ochsner
B-editor Bobbie Esra G. Pertan
Assistant editor Patrick Lund Larsen
Assistant editor Maja Bugge
Assistant editor Jeppe Hansen
Editor: pre-production Kasper Henriksen
Editor: pre-production Christian Ranmar


Composer Jakob Bro
Composer Thomas Knak
Composer Anders Remmer
Composer Jesper Skaaning


Sound designer Heikki Kossi
Mixer Rasmus Winther Jensen
Mixer Heikki Kossi
Sound editor Pietu Korhonen
Sound editor Janne Laine
Sound editor Anne Tolkkinen
Foley artist Heikki Kossi
Foley mixer Kari Vähäkuopus
Sound technician Jakob Høyer

Visual effects

Graphic design Nikolai Bejder
Colourist Johannes S.J.E. Møgelvang
Animator Kristian Funder

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