2014 Holocaust Film Series
Melbourne - JHC Film Club
The Jewish Cardinal was the winner of the Grand Prix for Best French TV Drama at the Festival de Luchon; was nominated for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Director at the Festival de Monte Carlo; and received Official Selection at Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels in Amsterdam.
This film 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 from here found a new platform from which to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies from both sides. When Carmelite nuns decide to build a convent on the site of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities – and may be forced to choose a side.
90 min / French
Director — Ilan Duran Cohen