Love Child

Eva Mulvad, Denmark, 2019

112 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 Festivals & awards
Original title Love Child
Danish title Love Child
Other titles Love Child
Director Eva Mulvad
Co-director Morten Ranmar
Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Director of Photography Lea Glob, Morten Ranmar, Eva Mulvad, Meryem Yavuz
Editor Adam Nielsen
Sound Heikki Kossi
Composer Thomas Knak, Jakob Bro, Anders Remmer, Jesper Skaaning
Production country Denmark
Production companies Danish Documentary Production, Grunnet Film
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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


Production companies Danish Documentary Production, Grunnet Film
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Eva Mulvad
Co-director Morten Ranmar


Dramaturge Iikka Vehkalahti


Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Associate producer Kasper Lykke Schultz
Creative producer Henrik Grunnet
Producer: development Sidsel Lønvig Siersted


Cinematographer Lea Glob
Cinematographer Morten Ranmar
Cinematographer Eva Mulvad
Cinematographer Meryem Yavuz


Editor Adam Nielsen


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


Sound designer Heikki Kossi

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Special Jury Mention 2019 New York, DOC NYC Film Festival 2019
Gold Hugo 2019 Chicago International Film Festival 2019

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Amsterdam, IDFA 2019-11-20
New York, DOC NYC Film Festival 2019-11-07
Chicago International Film Festival 2019-10-16
Toronto International Film Festival 2019-09-05
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