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The High Sun
director: Dalibor Matanic
feature film, 123 min, 2015
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Synopsis
Three different love stories, set in three consecutive decades, in two neighbouring Balkan villages burdened with a long history of inter-ethnic hatred: this is a film about the dangers – and the enduring strength – of forbidden love.

Cast
Jelena / Natasa / Marija – Tihana Lazovic
Ivan / Ante / Luka – Goran Markovic
Jelena's / Natasa's mother – Nives Ivankovic
Sasa – Dado Cosic
Bozo / Ivno – Stipe Radoja
Ivan's / Luka's father – Trpimir Jurkic
Ivan's grandmother – Mira Banjac
Mane / Dino – Slavko Sobin
Dinka – Lukrecija Tudor
Petra – Tara Rosandic
Luka's mother – Ksenija Marinkovic

Crew
Screenwriter & director: Dalibor Matanic
Producer: Ankica Juric Tilic
Co-producers: Petra Vidmar, Frenk Celarc, Nenad Dukic, Miroslav Mogorovic
DoP: Marko Brdar
Editor: Tomislav Pavlic
Composers: Alen Sinkauz and Nenad Sinkauz
Sound designer: Julij Zornik
Art director: Mladen Ozbolt
Costume designer: Ana Savic Gecan
Make-up artists: Mojca Gorogranc Petrushevska, Talija Ivancic
Sound mixer: Mladen Pervan
1st AD: Dragan Juric

Production: Kinorama (Croatia), Gustav film (Slovenia), SEE Film Pro (Serbia), with the support of the MEDIA Programme and Eurimages
International sales: Cercamon
French distributor: Bac Films
Croatian distributor: 2i Film


- project supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Slovenian Film Centre and Film Center Serbia
- markets and workshops: Connecting Cottbus 2011, Coproduction village 2011, Mediterranean coproduction forum Bari 2011, When East Meets West 2012

 

Awards

* Castellinaria Film Festival 2016, Bellinzona, Switzerland - competition programme, award 'Utopia'
* Etoiles et Toiles du Cinéma Européen 2016, Strasbourg, France - competition programme, Odyssée-Council of Europe Prize for Human Rights
* Otranto Film Fund Festival 2016, Otranto, Italy - competition programme, award: Grand Prix
* Montenegro Film Festival 2016, Herceg Novi, Montenegro - competition programme, Golden Mimosa for Best Director
* Al Este de Lima 2016, Lima, Peru - competition programme, Jury Prize
* Prishtina International Film Festival 2016, Prishtina, Kosovo - competition programme. awards for Best Actress
* Mediterranean Film Festival of Tetouan 2016, Tetouan, Morocco - competition programme, Award for Best Actor
* A l’Est du Nouveau 2016, Rouen, France - competition programme, Young Jury Award
* International Film Festival and Forum of Human Rights 2016, Geneva, Switzerland - competition programme, Grand Prix
* Cinoche – Le Festival du film international de Baie-Comeau 2016, Baie-Comeau, Canada - competition programme; Prix Alcoa award (Tihana Lazovic)
* Cairo International Film Festival 2015, Cairo, Egypt; award: Prize for Best Artistic Contribution
* Minsk IFF Listapad 2015, Minsk, Belarus - competition programme; awards: Best Director and Best Cinematography Award
* Film Festival Cottbus 2015, Cottbus, Germany - competition programme - awards: Best Picture Award, Best Actress Award and the FIPRESCI Critics Award
* Festival of Film and Culture Arte Mare 2015, Bastia, Corsica, France, competition programme - award: Grand Prix
* War On Screen 2015, Châlons-en-Champagne, France, competition programme - award: Grand Prix
* Festival of Slovenian Film 2015, Portoroz, Slovenia, competition programme - awards for the Best Photography and the Best Feature film of Choice of Cinema Networks Slovenia
* Sarajevo Film Festival 2015, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - The Art Cinema Award (CICAE)
* 62. Pula Film Festival 2015, Pula, Croatia - Grand Golden Arena for Best Festival Film, Golden Arena for Best Director, Golden Arena for Best Actress (Tihana Lazovic), Golden Arena for Best Supporting Actress (Nives Ivankovic), Golden Arena for Best Supporting Actor (Dado Cosic), Golden Arena for Best Costume Design (Ana Savic Gecan), The Octavian Award - Croatian Society of Film Critics
* Slovene Association of Cinematographers - award to DoP
* European Parliament LUX PRIZE 2015 - Nomination – Official Selection
* Croatia's entry for Foreign Language Film (88th Academy Awards)
* Cannes Film Festival 2015, Cannes, France, programme "Un Certain Regard" - Jury Prize


Festivals

* European Film Festival 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa
* Ciné sans Frontières 2017, La Teste-de-Buch, France - competition programme
* Social Justice Film Festival 2016, Birmingham, UK
* Cork Film Festival 2017, Cork, Ireland
* Inverness Film Festival 2016, Inverness, UK
* Castellinaria Film Festival 2016, Bellinzona, Switzerland - competition programme, award 'Utopia'
* Etoiles et Toiles du Cinéma Européen 2016, Strasbourg, France - competition programme, Odyssée-Council of Europe Prize for Human Rights
* Naples International Film Festival 2016, Naples, USA
* European Union Film Festival 2016, China
* CPH PIX International Film Festival 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark - programme Bad Ass East
* International Film Festival Tofifest 2016, Toruń, Poland - programme "New Croatian Cinema"
* Balkanale 2016, Vienna, Austria
* Tuzla Film Festival 2016, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
* CinEast – Central and Eastern European Film Festival in Luxembourg 2016, Luxembourg, Luxembourg - programme Cinescope
* Otranto Film Fund Festival 2016, Otranto, Italy - competition programme, award: Grand Prix
* Montenegro Film Festival 2016, Herceg Novi, Montenegro - competition programme, Golden Mimosa for Best Director
* Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016, cities around the world
* Scarborough Wordlwide Film Festival 2016, Scarborough, Canada
* South Bay Film & Music Festival 2016, Hermosa Beach, USA - competition programme
* Al Este de Lima 2016, Lima, Peru - competition programme, Jury Prize
* Transilvania International Film Festival 2016, Cluj-Napoca, Romania - programme "Focus: Croatia"
* Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival 2016, New York, USA - competition programme
* Seattle International Film Festival 2016, Seattle, United States of America - program "Ark Lodge Screenings"
* Puerto Rico European Film Festival 2016, San Juan, USA - competition programme
* Finále Plzen 2016, Plzen, Czech Republic - programme Festival ZOOM
* Cannes Coup de Coeur 2016, Beirut, Lebanon
* Prishtina International Film Festival 2016, Prishtina, Kosovo - competition programme
* Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 2016, Minneapolis, USA - programme "World Cinema"
* Festival Lumière Sur Bron 2016, Bron, France
* Cleveland International Film Festival 2016, Cleveland, USA - competition programme "George Gund III"
* Mediterranean Film Festival of Tetouan 2016, Tetouan, Morocco - competition programme, Award for Best Actor
* Sofia International Film Festival 2016, Sofia, Bulgaria - competition programme "Balkans Competition"
* A l’Est du Nouveau 2016, Rouen, France - competition programme, Young Jury Award
* International Film Festival and Forum of Human Rights 2016, Geneva, Switzerland - competition programme, Grand Prix
* Chicago European Union Film Festival 2016, Chicago, USA
* Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival 2016, Trondheim, Norway
* Bengaluru International Film Festival 2016, Bengaluru, India
* FEST - Belgrade International Film Festival 2016, Belgrade, Serbia - competition programme
* Cinoche – Le Festival du film international de Baie-Comeau 2016, Baie-Comeau, Canada - competition programme; Prix Alcoa award (Tihana Lazovic)
* Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2016, Santa Barbara, USA
* Trieste Film Festival 2016, Trieste, Italy
* International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016, Rotterdam, The Netherlands - program Limelights
* Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF) 2016, Chennai, India
* Palm Spring International Film Festival 2016, Palm Springs, USA - program Awards Buzz
* Festival national du film d'education 2015, Paris, France
* CINEDAYS Festival of European Film 2015, Skopje, Macedonia
* Festival du cinema européen en Essone 2015, Paris, France – competition programme
* Movies on War 2015, Elverum, Norway
* Black Nights Film Festival 2015, Tallin, Estonia
* Films in the Arava Desert 2015, Zuqim, Israel
* Segovia's European Film Festival (MUCES) 2015, Segovia, Spain
* Festival International du Film d'Arras 2015, Arras, France
* 8th Panorama of the European Film 2015, Cairo, Egypt
* Singapore International Film Festival 2015, Singapore
* European Cinema Forum – “Cinergia” 2015, Lodz, Poland
* European Union Film Showcase 2015, Washington , USA
* Les Arcs European Film Festival 2015, Les Arcs, France - program "Hauteur"
* Dubai International Film Festival 2015, Dubai, UAE – program: official selection
* International Film Festival of Kerala, IFFK, 2015, Kerala, India - program "World Cinema"
* Ljubljana International Film Festival 2015, Ljubljana, Slovenia - program "Avantpremieres"
* Stockholm International Film Fest 2015, Stockholm, Sweden
* Festival du Film de la Rochelle 2015, La Rochelle, France - program "Ici et ailleurs"
* Un si proche Orient 2015, Pessac, France - competition programme
* Cairo International Film Festival 2015, Cairo, Egypt; award: prize for Best Artistic Contribution
* Minsk IFF Listpad 2015, Minsk, Belarus - competition programme; awards: Best Director and Best Cinematography Award
* European Film Forum SCANORAMA 2015, Vilnius, Lithuania
* Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2015, Thessaloniki, Greece - programme Balkan Survey, main competition programme
* Leeds International Film Festival 2015, Leeds, UK - competition programme
* Bratislava International Film Festival 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia
* Film Festival Cottbus 2015, Cottbus, Germany - competition programme - awards: Best Picture Award, Best Actress Award and the FIPRESCI Critics Award
* Kaohsiung Film Festival 2015, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
* Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest 2015, Bucharest, Romania
* Philadelphia Film Festival 2015, Philadelphia, USA
* Tokyo International Film Festival 2015, Tokyo, Japan
* Adelaide Film Festival 2015, Adelaide, Australia, programme: "European Cinema"
* Film Fest Gent 2015, Gent, Belgium, competition programme
* Warsaw Film Festival 2015, Warsaw, Poland
* Oaxaca FilmFest 2015, Oaxaca, Mexico
* Bogota International Film Festival 2015, Bogota, Colombia
* Hamptons International Film Festival 2015, Hamptons, USA, programme "Conflict & Resolution"
* Festival of new film in Montreal 2015, Montreal, Canada, programme "Special Presentations"
* Festival of Film and Culture Arte Mare 2015, Bastia, Corsica, France, competition programme - award: Grand Prix
* Busan International Film Festival 2015, Busan, South Korea, programme "World Cinema"
* Rio de Janeiro IFF 2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
* Filmekimi 2015, Istanbul, Turkey
* Festival Internazionale a Ferrara 2015, Ferrara, Italy
* War On Screen 2015, Châlons-en-Champagne, France, competition programme - award: Grand Prix
* Haifa International Film Festival 2015, Haifa, Israel
* Bergen International Film Festival 2015, Bergen, Norway, programme Cinema Extraordinaire
* LET'S CEE film festival 2015, Vienna, Austria, competition programme
* Festival of Slovenian Film 2015, Portoroz, Slovenia, competition programme - awards for the Best Photography and the Best Feature Film of Choice of Cinema Networks Slovenia
* Int'l Cinematographers' FF "Manaki Brothers" 2015, Bitola, Macedonia - competition programme SEE Camera
* International Film Festival Film by the Sea 2015, Vlissingen, The Netherlands
* Festival International Nancy - Lorraine 2015 - official competition, Nancy, France
* Espoo Cine International Festival 2015, Espoo, Finnland
* Sarajevo Film Festival 2015, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - competition programme - CICAE Award
* Melbourne International Film Festival 2015, Melbourne, Australia - International Panorama
* Motovun Film Festival 2015, Motovun, Croatia - main programme
* 62. Pula Film Festival 2015, Pula, Croatia - Grand Golden Arena for Best Festival Film, Golden Arena for Best Director, Golden Arena for Best Actress (Tihana Lazovic), Golden Arena for Best Supporting Actress (Nives Ivankovic), Golden Arena for Best Supporting Actor (Dado Cosic), Golden Arena for Best Costume Design (Ana Savic Gecan), The Octavian Award - Croatian Society of Film Critics
* Odessa International Film Festival 2015, Odessa, Ukraine - competition programme
* Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic - Horizons programme
* Cannes Film Festival 2015, Cannes, France, programme "Un Certain Regard" - Jury Prize

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