Croatia’s contender for the best foreign language Oscar, Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun, won prizes for best director and cinematography at the 21st edition of the Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad.” The fest closed Friday in the Belarusian capital.
The film chronicles three stories of forbidden love spanning three different decades following the end of the bitter Yugoslav civil war in the 1990s.
It has picked up 18 festival awards and three international nominations since it premiered in Cannes sidebar Un Certain Regard last May.
The Minsk awards come just a week after The High Sun took best film and two other top awards at Germany’s Cottbus Festival of Eastern European Film.
Matanic’s film also has been nominated by next month’s European Film Awards and the European Union’s LUX prize.
The Minsk awards went to Matanic for best director and DP Marko Brdar for cinematography.
The High Sun is produced by Ankica Juric Tilic with Zagreb’s Kinorama and co-producers Gustav Film of Slovenia and SEE Film Pro of Serbia.
Listapad’s grand prix went to Bulgarian film The Lesson, directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov.