The Jewish Cardinal

Country
France
Language
French
Genre
Drama
Director
Ilan Duran Cohen
Movie year
2013
Duration
100 min

Ilan Duran Cohen’s intriguing drama chronicles the life and impact of one of Catholicism’s most controversial figures, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger. Born to a Jewish immigrant family from Poland, Lustiger converted to Catholicism of his own accord at the age of thirteen, and eventually rose to prominence within the French, and later global, Catholic Church. Forcefully engaging with Pope Jean-Paul II on Jewish-Catholic relations and overseeing the disbanding of the Catholic Church’s monastic settlement in Auschwitz, Lustiger struggles to balance his identity as—how he terms it—“a fulfilled Jew.”

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