Just a few days ahead of its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, Realscreen is sharing an exclusive clip of Eva Mulvad’s Love Child, a film about the harrowed escape of outlawed Iranian couple Leila and Sahand.
The Danish director’s six-year chronicle of the couple and their four-year-old boy, Mani, is described as an “intimate love story” playing out “against a backdrop of the dramatic political events of our time.”
In Tehran, Iran, Leila (pictured) and Sahand, both married, entered an affair – a crime punishable by execution in the country.
Forbidden to divorce their respective spouses, and unable to acknowledge the illegitimacy of their son, Mani, Leila and Sahand flee the country.
With Mani in tow, the couple first seek asylum in Turkey, arriving amidst a wave of refugees. Though Leila and Sahand are optimistic at first, the United Nations bureaucratic system poses unexpected challenges.
Love Child follows Leila and Sahand as they struggle to secure a stable future for Mani in the West while the threat of a rejected asylum hangs over their heads.
Lea Glob and Morten Ranmar are co-directors and the film is produced by Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær (The Cave, Aquarela, The Monastery). Henrik Grunnet (My Afghanistan: Life in the Forbidden Zone) is creative producer.
TIFF ’19 screens the world premiere of Love Child on Sept. 7 at 1:30 p.m ET at Toronto’s Scotiabank Theatre. Watch an exclusive clip below: