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WORLD DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

THIEVES BY LAW

Directed by Alexander Gentelev
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 90 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE THIEVES BY LAW

The Russian Mafia: what can't they do? After this insider's look into the world of, ahem, "hypothetical" crimes, it's pretty clear that the answer is nyet. Following the stories of three mafiosi-cum-businessmen, Thieves By Law paints a fascinating tableau of men that would make Tony Soprano cringe. Most intriguing, though, are their personal histories interwoven with the evolution of the Russian Mafia itself. Beginning in Stalin's gulags and slowly transforming into an international organization, the mafia and Code of Thieves have always directly correlated to the political struggles of the Soviet Union—reflecting society back to the government like a funhouse mirror.

These men have been through bad times as well as good, persevering with the ammunition of street smarts, savvy, and loyalty to their code, and eventually transforming themselves from cunning crooks to shrewd businessmen. Through unprecedented access and a knack for asking all the right questions, director Alexander Gentelev shows us exactly what happens when a dark underbelly is flipped on its back: It slaps on some sunscreen, orders a Molotov cocktail, and soaks up those French Riviera rays….

Crime, Documentary
About the Director(s)
Alexander Gentelev emigrated from Russia to Israel in 1992. He returned to Russia to collect material for a film about the Russian oligarchs. His films include the award-winning The Rise and Fall of the Russian Oligarchs, Generation of Loneliness, Yolki-Palki, The Operation Successor, and Just Like Home.
Special Note

 



Co-presented by The Consulate General of Israel in NY
in association with The Israeli Film Center


Film Info
  • Section:
    World Documentary Feature Competition
  • Year:
    2010
  • Length:
    90 minutes
  • Language:
    Russian, Hebrew
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Alexander Gentelev
  • Screenwriter:
    Alexander Gentelev
  • Producer:
    Simone Baumann, Sasha Klein
  • Editor:
    Alik Baskin
  • Director of Photography:
    Sergei Freedman
  • Executive Producer:
    Simone Baumann, Sasha Klein
  • Producer:
    Maya Zinshtein

Contacts
  • Sales Contact
    Philippa Kowarsky
    Cinephil Distribution & Coproductions
    Tel Aviv, 65112
    Phone: + 972 3 56 64 129
    info@cinephil.co.il
  • Director
    Alexander Gentelev
    S.M.S
    Petah Tikva, 64385
    Phone: +972 36 481675
    gentelev@gmail.com
  • Producer
    Maya Zinshtein
    S.M.S Production
    Tel-Aviv, 69549
    Phone: +972 352 39803
    maya.zin@gmail.com
  • Producer
    Sasha Klein
    S.M.S Production
    Tel-Aviv, 69549
    Phone: +972 54 2256211
    sasha.klein@gmail.com
  • Sales Contact
    Philippa Kowarsky
    Cinephil Distribution & Coproductions
    Tel Aviv, 65112
    Phone: + 972 3 56 64 129
    info@cinephil.co.il
  • Director
    Alexander Gentelev
    S.M.S
    Petah Tikva, 64385
    Phone: +972 36 481675
    gentelev@gmail.com
  • Producer
    Maya Zinshtein
    S.M.S Production
    Tel-Aviv, 69549
    Phone: +972 352 39803
    maya.zin@gmail.com
  • Producer
    Sasha Klein
    S.M.S Production
    Tel-Aviv, 69549
    Phone: +972 54 2256211
    sasha.klein@gmail.com

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