Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun
Croatian director Dalibor Matanic (Fine Dead Girls, Kino Lika) may not be a household name, but his film, The High Sun, in the selection of Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival 2015, offers a stunning portrait of love, hate and divide amidst conflict. The film was as visually stunning as it was engaging in its performances and story line… story lines for that matter, as Dalibor offered us three. The trio of love stories were told ten decades apart cover the arc of the war, and most strikingly, were performed by the same actors, Goran Markovic and Tihana Lazovic, whose tale was inspired by that of a wartime Romeo & Juliet, in this version, their love exists on opposite sides of an ethnic divide. Although the surface of Matanic’s latest film offers an illustration of love, the true potency of The High Sun, is a reflection on hate, divide, and the pain that these most unnecessary of life’s complications bring. Ripe with beautifully portrayed contradictions–innocence and war, love and hate–subtle transitions between plots and ethnic divides and set against the idyllic backdrop of the Balkan countryside, Matanic’s latest contribution to the world of cinema is engaging, artistic and an all round triumph from every cinematic angle.
We are met up with the director to find out more about his vision, decisions in making the film, and along the way, were given advice that crossed from the realm of cinema into a life philosophy that everyone should hear.
Interview will be revealed on Instagram. Along with behind the scenes pictures of our interview.