In Theaters 04.01.2014 or Watch at Home 05.20.2014

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