Suhum is the capital city of Abhazia, a small republic not recognized officially, located on the oriental shore of the Black See. On a hill above the city, there stretches the park of a medical institute conducting research on monkeys, set up by the Soviets in
the ‘20s. The legends says that it was opened for creating a human-monkey hybrid. The creature was never made, just as the communist New Man was never born. Today, humans and monkeys are captive on a territory ravaged by war and decades of cruelty, both of them victims of a series of failed experiments.
is a film on utopias, a metaphorical drama blending the comparable destinies of monkeys and humans,” director Alexandru Solomon stated.
The cinematography was signed by Radu Gorgos, the editing by Sophie Reiter, and the soundtrack by Marin Cazacu, Franck Rivolet, Cristinel Șirli. The producers are Ada Solomon, Cedric Bonin, Pascaline Geoffroy.
The documentary is a production of Hi Film Productions (Romania), in coproduction with Seppia (France), with the support of the National Filmmaking Centre (Romania), Aide au Cinémas du Monde – CNC (France), Eurométropole de Strasbourg, Eurimages, of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Procirep-Angoa, and with the participation of HBO Europe. The film had also financial support from HAPPYCINEMA®, AQUA Carpatica, Domeniile Sâmburești and Polisano Pharmaceuticals.
will have its official premiere and theatre houses this fall, on 6 October 2017, being distributed in Romania by microFILM.
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