The Jewish Cardinal

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Ilan Duran Cohen's drama The Jewish Cardinal is a biopic of Jean-Marie Lustiger (Laurent Lucas), a Polish Jew who continued to celebrate his Jewish heritage even when he decided to become Catholic. He enters the priesthood, and eventually rises to a position of power. He is eventually put in charge of mediating between Catholics and Jews in order to build a convent in Auschwitz.
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Overview

Ilan Duran Cohen's drama The Jewish Cardinal is a biopic of Jean-Marie Lustiger (Laurent Lucas), a Polish Jew who continued to celebrate his Jewish heritage even when he decided to become Catholic. He enters the priesthood, and eventually rises to a position of power. He is eventually put in charge of mediating between Catholics and Jews in order to build a convent in Auschwitz.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Bonus short film: Kosher dir. by Isabelle Stead; France, 10 min.; A lonely Orthodox Jewish boy's imagination comes to life when a pig miraculously shows up at his doorstop
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2014
  • UPC: 616892187264
  • Original Release: 2013
  • Source: Film Movement
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,011

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurent Lucas Jean-Marie Lustiger
Aurélien Recoing Jean-Paul II
Audrey Dana Fanny
Pascal Greggory Albert Decourtray
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet Father Julien
Alex Skarbek Father Kristof
Vincent Furic Traditionalist
Henri Guybet Charles Lustiger
Aurélien Heilbronn Swiss Guard
Zbigniew Jankowski Polish Guard
Jean-Noël Martin Monseigneur Courcoux
Nathalie Richard Mother Superior
Pascal Tantot Man in Church
Bruno Todeschini Théo Klein
Technical Credits
Ilan Duran Cohen Director, Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Elisa Costa Makeup
Chantal Derudder Original Story, Screenwriter
Joey Fare Producer
Christophe Graillot Cinematographer
Sylvain Malbrant Sound Editor
Nathaniel Mechaly Score Composer
Béatrice Pilorge Sound/Sound Designer
Fabrice Rouaud Editor
Stéphane Thiébaut Sound/Sound Designer
Elif Uluengin Editor
Tatiana Vialle Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Jewish Cardinal
1. Living Provocation
2. Consecration
3. Infallible
4. A Brutal Start
5. A Shepherd...
6. Advice
7. Auschwitz
8. The Convent
9. Concessions
10. Standstill
11. Triumph
12. Credits
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  • Posted June 6, 2014

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    Director Ilan Duran Cohen brings us the true story of Jean-Marie

    Director Ilan Duran Cohen brings us the true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger in his film, The Jewish Cardinal.

    Film Movement consistently brings award winners to the small screen and this film is no exception - it's an official selection of numerous film festivals.

    Lustiger was born a Jew in 1926 Poland. He converted to Catholicism at age 14. His mother was killed at Auschwitz in 1942. He rose in the ranks of the church and had the ear of Pope John Paul II.

    Bare bones synopsis. And they're simply facts. Cohen brings this amazing man's life to....well, life.

    Lustiger struggled with remaining true to his heritage, while embracing his faith. His dual 'roles' were both despised and embraced within the Church. The confrontation between the Jews and Catholics over Auschwitz and Lustiger's involvement was powerful. And enlightening - I was unaware of this piece of history.

    Laurent Lucas was brilliant as Cohen, more than aptly portraying Lustiger's enthusiasm, strength, faith,conflict and more. The supporting case was just as wonderful, especially Aurelien Recoing as John Paul. The scenes between these two gave an intimate view of their relationship. And a 'human' view of these two men.

    To be quite honest, I did not expect to enjoy this film as much as I did. I tend to shy away from religious films. But The Jewish Cardinal was not specifically about doctrine. Instead it brings to light both an important piece of history and the life of a complicated man. I was engaged from start to finish.

    (The sound track was quite beautiful as well)

    As, always Film Movement includes a short with their DVD. This time it's an nine minute film called Kosher from director Isabelle Stead. The tie in to the main film is obvious. It's about a lonely young Jewish boy finding a pig - and keeping it for a pet. The viewer is left to make their own inferences as there is no dialogue.

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