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The Patriarch’s Room

The Patriarch’s Room

“Jaffa Gate Is Ours!” screamed the headlines in 2005. Greek Orthodox Patriarch Irineos was accused of selling church property to Jewish settlers. He denied all the accusations. But for the first time in the church’s 2000-year history, its leader was ousted. For 11 long years, Irineos was imprisoned in his chambers. In this first-person account, filmmaker Danae Elon unravels what really happened to the former Patriarch. With unprecedented access to the inner workings of the church, a riveting, mysterious, disturbing, and often humorous story is revealed about an unknown world within the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Research Award at Docaviv Film Festival, 2016, Feodora Jury Special Mention at Docaviv Film Festival, 2016

Director: Danae Elon

Producer: Danae Elon, Paul Cadieux

Production Company: Entre Deux Mondes

Cinematographer: Itamar Mendes Flohr

Editor: Sophie Farkas Bolla

Soundtrack Editor: Benoit Dame

Original Soundtrack: Peter Venne

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, IBA - Channel 1

Script: Danae Elon

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: הפטריארך

“Jaffa Gate Is Ours!” screamed the headlines in 2005. Greek Orthodox Patriarch Irineos was accused of selling church property to Jewish settlers. He denied all the accusations. But for the first time in the church’s 2000-year history, its leader was ousted. For 11 long years, Irineos was imprisoned in his chambers. In this first-person account, filmmaker Danae Elon unravels what really happened to the former Patriarch. With unprecedented access to the inner workings of the church, a riveting, mysterious, disturbing, and often humorous story is revealed about an unknown world within the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Research Award at Docaviv Film Festival, 2016, Feodora Jury Special Mention at Docaviv Film Festival, 2016

Director: Danae Elon

Producer: Danae Elon, Paul Cadieux

Production Company: Entre Deux Mondes

Cinematographer: Itamar Mendes Flohr

Editor: Sophie Farkas Bolla

Soundtrack Editor: Benoit Dame

Original Soundtrack: Peter Venne

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, IBA - Channel 1

Script: Danae Elon

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: הפטריארך

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