Mladen Matičević

Mladen Matičević

Director, Writer


Mladen Matičević is a Croatian film director and screenwriter who has been working in the film industry since the early 1990s. He is best known for his award-winning feature films, most notably, the critically acclaimed movie The High Sun (2015).

Matičević was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1967. He studied film directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and graduated in 1995. He then began his career in the film industry as an assistant director on various feature films and television series. In his early career, he worked with some of Croatia’s most renowned directors, including Lordan Zafranović and Zdravko Zima.

In 2001, Matičević made his feature film debut with the crime drama, The Hunting Party. The film was a critical and commercial success and earned Matičević critical acclaim. It was also nominated for several awards, including Best Picture at the Croatian Film Days.

Matičević’s next feature film, The High Sun (2015), was awarded the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was also a commercial success and was praised for its unique visual style and its exploration of the complexities of love and relationships.

In addition to his work in feature films, Matičević has also directed several television series, including the crime drama series The Last Will (2013). He is also an accomplished screenwriter, having written the screenplay for the award-winning feature film On the Other Side (2009).

Matičević is an influential figure in Croatian cinema and his work has been praised by critics and audiences alike. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Best Director Award at the International Film Festival in Belgrade, the Best Screenplay Award at the Croatian Film Days, and the Golden Arena Award for Best Director at the Pula Film Festival.

Mladen Matičević is an accomplished filmmaker who has made a lasting impact on Croatian cinema. His unique visual style and thoughtful exploration of complex themes have earned him critical acclaim and a place among the most respected directors in the industry.

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