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Jewish Vendetta

Director - Alexander Shabatayev 
1997,  Russian, Hebrew

Cast: Leonid Kanitzki, Liron Levo, Oshik Levi, Levana Finkelstein, Natalya Shwartz, Nachum Shalit

A Five Minutes Walk
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Nathan Ilgoyev, a middle-aged Russian immigrant, has been living in Israel with his wife and son for the last 30 years. Throughout the years, Nathan has always suspected that his wife had been unfaithful to him. He decides to fake a heart attack and pretend that he is dying in a last-ditch attempt to elicit a confession from his wife. His ruse works, and he is shocked to discover that she had, in fact, slept with his best friend back in Russia over 30 years ago. Jumping up from his “deathbed”, he immediately packs his bags and decides to return to Russia to murder his best friend and defend his honor.

Nathan convinces his 20-year-old son to accompany him to Russia. But unbeknownst to him, his wife has recruited her son’s help in stopping him from carrying out his vendetta. Once in Russia, complications ensue and Ilgoyev’s efforts are thwarted by his son, as well as by the local Russian mafia, who want his “best friend” dead too. The heated race between Nathan and the mafia to commit the murder surprisingly results in a happy romantic ending.

Script: Simyon Vinokor
Photography: Avraham Abramov

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