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Love Child

Eva Mulvad
DK 2019    58' 80' 110'
⚬ Human Interest ⚬ Human Rights 

Synopsis

LOVE CHILD offers a poignant portrait of Leila and Sahand, an Iranian couple who, outlawed for their love, flee the country with their four-year-old son, Mani. In Tehran, they committed the crime of having a secret affair while being married to other people and were forbidden to get divorced. Neither could they acknowledge that Mani was an illegitimate child since adultery can be punished with execution in Iran. Intimately filmed over five years, we follow their quest to be together, battling with both Iranian and European law, their lives in limbo.

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Director

Eva Mulvad

Producer

Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær

Co-Producer

Ilona Tolmunen

Executive Producers 

Eva Mulvad, Mikala Krogh, Pernille Rose Grønkjær, Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær, Henrik Grunnet

Production Company

Danish Documentary

Co-Production Company

MADE

Cinematography

Eva Mulvad, Lea Glob, Morten Ranmar, Meryem Yavuz, Esben Grage, Henrik Ibsen

Editor

Adam Nielsen

Music

Jacob Bro, Thomas Knak

Sound

Heikki Kossi

Awards

Documentary Gold Hugo Award

Chicago International Film Festival 2019

Special Mention

DOCNYC 2019

Best Editing

Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer 2020

Best Feature Length Documentary

IDF West Lake International Documentary Festival 2020 

Silver Nanook Award for Discovery of New Subjects and New Heroes

IDFF Flahertiana 2020

 

Festivals

Toronto IFF 2019

Chicago IFF 2019

DOC NYC 2019

IDFA 2019

Budapest IDFF 2020

FIPADOC 2020

Göteborg IFF 2020

DOK.fest München 2020

Biografilm 2020

DocEdge 2020

CPH:DOX 2020

DocAviv 2020

DocPoint Helsinki 2020

Docs Against Gravity 2020

FIPADOC 2020

Shanghai IFF 2020

Al Jazeera Balkans Doc FF 2020

 

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Film Details

Runtimes 58' 80' 110'
Spoken Languages Farsi, Azerbaijani, Turkish, English
Production Countries Denmark

Biography

In 2011 Eva Mulvad (born 1972) won the prestigious, Danish ”Roos Award ” granted for her entire body of work. Mulvad graduated from the Danish Film School in 2001 and by 2006 she had her international break-through with ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS, which focused on the female politician Malalai Joya’s political campaign ahead of the first democratic elections in Afghanistan 2005. The film won the Silver Wolf Award at IDFA and subsequently the World Cinema Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

With her intrinsic flair for drama and with many international awards in the baggage, Eva Mulvad is one of the most prominent Danish filmmakers. Mulvad’s filmography includes among others the wellknown family-chronicle entitled THE GOOD LIFE (2010). The film was shown at IDFA and went on to win the award for Best Documentary at Kalovy Vary International Film Festival. She has recently toured the world with the film A MODERN MAN, about classical violinist Charlie Siem and her film A CHERRY TALE premiered at CPH:DOX in 2019, an amazing story about entrepreneurship in modern time.

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