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Croatian Film Cleans Up at 25th Film Festival in Cottbus – Germany

Tihana Lazović accepts the awards Photo credit /Thomas Goethe

Tihana Lazović accepts the awards
Photo credit /Thomas Goethe

Croatian film ‘The High Sun’ has won 3 awards at the 25th FilmFestival Cottbus in Germany…

‘The High Sun’ actress Tihana Lazović accepted the Main Prize for Best Film of the festival on behalf of the film crew. As well as the award, the film picked up 25,000 euro in prize-money.

Lazović was back on stage again to collect the Outstanding Actress award and 5,000 euros. The High Sun also won the international film critics award – FIPRESCI.

‘The High Sun’, directed by Dalibor Matanić and produced by Ankica Jurić Tilić, earlier this year won the Jury Prize (Prix du Jury) in the competition “Un Certain Regard” of the 68th Cannes Film Festival. It was the first time a Croatian film has been featured in the official selection.

‘The High Sun’ is a love story set in three different decades, in two neighbouring Dalmatian villages burdened by historical heritage, covering three forbidden love stories starring the same actors as protagonists, Lazović and Goran Marković.

“The fact that with ‘The High Sun’ and ‘The Ungiven’, which won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, there are two Croatian productions among the prize winners honours the fantastic work of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre which has systematically bolstered the film industry for the last couple of years”, said Bernd Buder, the Programme Director of the FilmFestival Cottbus, as a reaction to the juries’ decisions.

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