The Jewish Cardinal

Directed by Ilan Duran Cohen
Film Movement
90 Minutes
Drama, Jewish
Not Rated

The Jewish Cardinal tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II - and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies from either group. When Carmelite nuns settle down to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities - and may be forced at last to choose his side.

Director & Cast

  • Director: Ilan Duran Cohen
  • Starring: Laurent Lucas
  • Starring: Aurelien Recoing
  • Starring: Audrey Dana
  • Starring: Pascal Greggory
  • Starring: Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet
  • Starring: Alex Skarbek




  • "[The Jewish Cardinal] reminds us of the possibilities for goodness if there is respect, love and forgiveness between and among cultures and those of faith."
    Carole di Tosti,
  • "Robust, sumptuously produced and impeccably cast!"
    Kurt Brokaw, The Independent
  • "The Jewish Cardinal is both emotionally rich and intellectually satisfying...handled with rare balance, sense and suitable passion."
    Allen Ellenzweig, The Jewish Daily Forward