Dalibor Matanić’s latest film explores three love stories, set in three consecutive decades, in two neighbouring villages with a long history of mutual hatred. Set against the backdrop of ethnic tensions in the Balkans, The High Sun is a film about the fragility – and intensity – of forbidden love.
In the first story, set in 1991, a romantic attraction is forced underground when love becomes a forbidden luxury in the pre-war atmosphere of madness, confusion and fear.
In the second story, set in 2001, the war is over but the lovers find it impossible to turn their infatuation into an ongoing relationship: the scars of the war are still too fresh and cannot heal that easily.
The third story takes place in 2011, when love can finally take root, if the lovers can break free of the past. Evil and suspicion have not completely vanished from their lives and catharsis is not easy to achieve, but it is possible once again.