THE HIGH SUN
ZVIZDAN
2015, 123 min, Croatia/Serbia/Slovenia, Dir: Dalibor Matanić

Writer-director Dalibor Matanić’s striking drama tells three love stories set in three consecutive decades spanning the Balkan war. Stars Tihana Lazovic and Goran Markovic play the three different couples – sharing a forbidden love as the conflict ramps up in 1991, too scarred by the war to maintain a relationship in 2001, and struggling to break free of the legacy of inter-ethnic hatred in 2011. Beautifully shot (by cinematographer Marko Brdar), THE HIGH SUN won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as five Pula Film Festival awards.


HANDYMEN
MAJSTORI
2013, HRT/Croatian Radiotelevision, 75 min, Croatia, Dir: Dalibor Matanić

Though housewife Keka (Areta Ćurković) feels her marriage to Baja (Nikša Butijer) may be out of steam, the attentions of inept handyman Ilija (Goran Bogdan) are little consolation. After a warring Baja and Ilija practically destroy her home, Keka escapes to a coastal village, where a third man (Bojan Navojec) enters the picture. As in his earlier CASHIER WANTS TO GO TO THE SEASIDE, writer-director Matanić mines plenty of humor from these characters’ mundane lives, including some wonderful slapstick sequences. In Croatian with English subtitles.


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