Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The High Sun

Year: 2015
Run Time: 123 minutes

The High Sun
The High Sun
The High Sun

War never really ends. It leaves its survivors a legacy of hate and prejudice, as well as one of love and hope. This truth is played out on the stage of two warring Balkan villages. Within them, over a span of 30 years, three couples face the hurdles of war and its aftermath. The arc of these tales covers a time of battle and bewildering peace. It begins in 1991, where the fate of Jelena and Ivan hinges on a military check-point, and brings us to a drug-fueled rave in 2011, where Marija and Luka try to cope with the disillusionment the war has bequeathed them. Much was destroyed in the conflict, but hope for happiness somehow survived. For some that hope will brutally end. For others it hovers like dust from an explosion. Brilliantly using the same actors to portray all three couples, THE HIGH SUN is a beautiful film that creates a mythic subtext of loss and continuity of the unstoppable need and power of individuals to hold on to each other, no matter what the cost. (In Croatian with subtitles) –C.R.

CIFF40 Screenings

Friday, April 08, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Saturday, April 09, 2016 at 11:45 AM

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition

Dalibor Matanic

Dalibor Matanic was born in 1975 in Zagreb, Croatia. He is a writer, director, and actor and is married to the film actress Helena Minic. His previous short and feature films have been nominated for and won numerous international awards.

"Fine Dead Girls" (2002)—27th CIFF, "100 Minutes of Glory" (2004), "The Like Cinema" (2009), "Mother of Asphalt" (2010), "Daddy" (2011), "Majstori" (2013), THE HIGH SUN (2015)

Ankica Juric Tilic

Dalibor Matanic

Marko Brdar

Tomislav Pavlic

Principal Cast
Tihana Lazovic, Goran Markovic, Nives Ivankovic, Dado Cosic, Stipe Radoja, Trpimir Jurkic

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