The High Sun


Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, 2015, 123’

directed by: Dalibor Matanić

written by: Dalibor Matanić

cast: Tihana Lazović, Goran Marković, Nives Ivanković, Dado Ćosić, Stipe Radoja, Trpimir Jurkić, Mira Banjac

cinematography: Marko Brdar

edited by: Tomislav Pavlic

producers: Ankica Jurić Tilić, Petra Vidmar, Frenk Celarc, Nenad Dukić, Miroslav Mogorović

production: Kinorama, Gustav film, SEE Film Pro

festivals and awards: 

Cannes FF 2015 – Un Certain Regard – Jury Prize; Pula FF 2015 – Grand Golden Arena for Best Film, Golden Arena for Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Costume Design, Octavian Award; Sarajevo Film Festival 2015. – CICAE Award; Karlovy Vary IFF 2015; Odessa IFF 2015; Melbourne IFF 2015; Film Fest Gent 2015.

The High Sun tells us about a forbidden love, its fragility, and its strength. Spanning three decades, the film takes place in two neighboring villages sharing a history encumbered with conflicts and intolerance. The first story takes place in 1991: prewar turmoil, road barricades and the climatic tension between the villages are not a good environment for any love, let alone the one between two young people belonging to the warring parties. The second story is situated ten years later: the war is now over but not forgotten. The scars have not healed yet and our protagonists must face them. The third story takes place in 2011: the evil, tension and doubts are still here, but it seems the time has come for a new beginning.

Dalibor Matanić has made several documentaries and shorts and eight features that have won numerous national and international awards. Some of his films: Fine Dead Girls, The Lika Cinema, Handymen. The High Sun, which he also wrote, is his ninth feature film. It won him Jury Award in Un Certain Regard program in Cannes.