The High Sun (Croatian: Zvizdan) is a 2015 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Dalibor Matanić. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival winning the Jury Prize. It is the first Croatian film to be screened at Cannes since the country’s independence in 1991. The film was selected as the Croatian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.
PLOT: The High Sun illuminates the three love stories set in three consecutive decades in the two neighboring Balkan villages burdened by a long history of inter-ethnic hatred. The film is about the fragility of it – and intensity – forbidden love. The first story takes place in 1991, romantic attraction is suppressed when love becomes a restricted luxury in an atmosphere of pre-war madness, confusion and fear. The second story takes place in 2001, the war is over, but for the lovers is impossible to turn their love in a lasting relationship: the scars of the war are still too fresh and it can not heal so easily. The third story takes place in 2011, when love can finally shoot up if the lovers manage to relieve the past. The evil and doubt not entirely disappeared from their lives and catharsis is not easy to achieve, but once again it is possible.