Dir. Ilan Duran Cohen (90min, France, 2013)
In French, Latin and Polish with English Subtitles
Mid-Atlantic Premiere

The Jewish Cardinal is based on the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his Jewish identity even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joined the priesthood.

Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope John Paul II and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic and a Jew. 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 a side.

Part of the Spotlight on Polish Cinema. Supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.

Co-Presented by Advanced French Coversation in Alexandria, VA  and
Alliance Francaise.


Ilan Duran Cohen is a French film director and writer, living and working in Paris. He has written 4 novels, and written and directed films that have shown at the Sundance and Venice Film Festivals.


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“Duran Cohen, a Jewish director, handles both sides of Lustiger’s life with equal delicacy of touch, and Laurent Lucas is quite extraordinary as the fiery and quick-witted Lustiger, a man whose entire life was characterised by refusal to compromise.
-John Underwood, Best of Film


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