Zak Brilliant’s Republic Film Distribution has set a UK and Ireland theatrical release date of Noember 6, 2020 for Eva Mulvad’s Iranian refugee documentary Love Child in the latest positive news for the market’s devasated distribution sector.
Love Child premiered in TIFF Docs at Toronto 2019, and has since toured the festival circuit at IDFA and Chicago, where it won best documentary. Since the coronavirus shutdown, it has played at online versions of CPH:DOX and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and is handled internationally by Autlook FIlm Sales.
The film follows an Iranian couple forced to flee from Tehran where their secret affair and illegitimate child are both considered crimes punishable by death.
Filmed over a five-year period, they take refuge with their four-year-old son Mani in Turkey, seeking asylum to Canada or the US. Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær and Illona Tolumen produced the film. Republic previously released the Bafta-winning and Oscar-nominated Syrian war documentary For Sama.