Archive of films Tarzan’s Testicles / Ouăle lui Tarzan

Romania / France
2017, 105 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2017

A research center in Sukhumi, the capital of today’s Abkhazia. Legend has it that it was built at the end of the 1920s to create a hybrid between man and monkey. The hypothetical creature never saw the light of day, but people and primates, like sad relics of the past, live together in the derelict wings of the medical institute to this very day.


Legend has it that at the end of the 1920s the Soviets built a research center in Sukhumi, the capital of Abkhazia, with the aim of crossbreeding humans and apes. The theoretical being never saw the light of day, similar to the failure of Marx’s communist New Man ever to appear. Yet in the derelict wings of the Sukhumi institute man and monkey live together still, the former limited by the pressure of turbulent sociopolitical changes, the latter exposed to the merciless testing of new drugs and medical procedures. In a disputed territory on the shores of the Black Sea, permanently marked by the collapse of the Soviet Union and subsequent Georgian-Abkhaz conflicts, they share something in common: They have become dismal relics of a series of unsuccessful experiments from the past. This documentary essay ponders the relationship between humans and primates – the most similar of the mammals – in order to point out the destructive influence of ideological dogmas and the essential role of faith and ethics in all scientific research.

Martin Horyna

About the director

Alexandru Solomon

Alexandru Solomon (b. 1966, Bucharest) is a director, DOP, producer, member of the European Documentary Network, university teacher, and director of the One World Romania – Human Rights Documentary Festival. In the early 1990s he was one of the first Romanian directors to focus on the then overlooked possibilities of documentary filmmaking. He became known for the political slant of his work, which more than once sparked public debate and contributed to the perception of nonfiction production as a tool for reframing recent local history. Selected filmography as a director: Shriek into the Eardrum (1993, co-dir. Radu Igazsag), Zürich Chronicle (1993), A Dog’s Life (1998), The Man with a Thousand Eyes (2001), The Great Communist Bank Robbery (2004), Clara B. (2006), Cold Waves (2007), Apocalypse on Wheels (2008), Kapitalism – Our Improved Formula (2010), Romania: Four Countries (2015).


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About the film

Color, Black & White, DCP
International premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Alexandru Solomon
Screenplay: Alexandru Solomon
Dir. of Photography: Radu Gorgos
Editor: Sophie Reiter
Producer: Ada Solomon
Production: Hi Film Production SRL
Coproduction: Seppia
Contact: Hi Film Production SRL


Alexandru Solomon

Film Director

Ada Solomon


Radu Gorgos

Director of Photography

Cedric Bonin


Marin Cazacu

Sound Engineer


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