Elsa Zylberstein at the 2009 César Awards
|Born||Elsa Florence Zylbersztejn
16 October 1968
|Other names||Elsa Steiner|
Elsa Zylberstein (born 16 October 1968) is a French film, TV, and stage actress. After studying drama, Zylberstein began her film career in 1989, and has appeared in about 50 films. She won the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for I've Loved You So Long (2008).
Zylberstein was born Elsa Florence Zylbersztejn in Paris to an Ashkenazi Polish father, Albert Zylberstein, and a Catholic mother. Her father is a physicist. Zylberstein considered herself Jewish; she is "attracted to Buddhist rites". She has practiced classical dance since her childhood. After a bac A3, she began university and studied English, but she was strongly attracted to artistic pursuits. She was in the same class as Francis Huster at the Cours Florent.
In 1991, Elsa Zylberstein appeared in Van Gogh directed by Maurice Pialat. In 1992, she won the Michel Simon Prize and the first of her three nominations for the César Award for Most Promising Actress. In 1993, she played a student in Beau fixe, and won the Prix Romy Schneider.
She inspired young directors such as Pascale Bailly, Diane Bertrand and especially Martine Dugowson, who offered her the lead role alongside Romane Bohringer in Mina Tannenbaum (1994). She then appeared in Farinelli, Mr N., and Jefferson in Paris. She played Suzanne Valadon in Lautrec, and then the mistress of the artist, Modigliani, in Modigliani. Zylberstein played a Yiddish singer who falls in love with a gay clarinetist in Man Is a Woman, with Antoine de Caunes. She also gained roles in Time Regained, Love Torn in a Dream, and That Day.
In 2006 she played Mathilde, an Orthodox Jewish woman faced with marriage problems in Little Jerusalem. She also appeared in J'invente rien, based on a novel by Christine Angot. In 2008, she was in two films presented at the Berlin Festival: I've Loved You So Long, with Kristin Scott Thomas, and La Fabrique des sentiments.
Zylberstein dated Antoine de Caunes between 1997 and 2005. Later she dated Georges-Marc Benamou, advisor to French president Nicolas Sarkozy, although she is a staunch supporter of the Socialist Party.
|2012||Lines of Wellington||Sister Cordélia|
|2011||Plan de table||Catherine|
|Les tribulations d'une caissière||Marie|
|JC comme Jésus-Christ||Elsa|
|Un baiser papillon||Marie|
|2010||Roses à crédit||La pharmacienne||TV movie|
|2009||La folle histoire d'amour de Simon Eskenazy||Rosalie|
|Un rique à courir||episode of Myster Mocky présente|
|Vénus & Apollon||Angie||TV series 8 episodes|
|La double inconstance||Flaminia||TV movie|
|Nuit de chien||Maria de Souza|
|I've Loved You So Long||Léa|
|La Fabrique des sentiments||Éloïse|
|2007||Enfances||La mère d'Ingmar Bergman|
|2006||The Stone Council||Clarisse|
|Une naissance||La mère|
|J'invente rien||Mathilde Mahut|
|2005||La cloche a sonné||Léa|
|Journées froides qui menacent les plantes|
|2004||Why (Not) Brazil?||Laetitia Masson/Christine Angot|
|Loser Takes All!||Angèle|
|Tomorrow We Move||Michèle|
|2003||3 Blind Mice||Nathalie Cross|
|Monsieur N.||Albine de Montholon|
|2002||Ferocious||Zébulon, la conseillère en communication|
|2001||Un ange||Léa Pastore|
|Les fantômes de Louba||Louba|
|Not Afraid, Not Afraid|
|2000||Love Torn in a Dream||Lucrezia/Jessica/The sultan|
|Return to Algiers||Pierre Nivel's wife|
|Je veux tout||Eva|
|Man Is a Woman||Rosalie Baumann|
|Tenue correcte exigée||Lucie|
|A Saturday on Earth||Claire|
|1995||Jefferson in Paris||Adrienne de Lafayette|
|Mina Tannenbaum||Ethel Bénégui|
|1993||La place d'un autre||Florence|
|Comment font les gens||Yvette|
|De force avec d'autres||Do|
|1991||La neige et le feu|
|Génial, mes parents divorcent!||La soeur de Thomas|
- 1992: Nomination – César Award for Most Promising Actress for Van Gogh
- 1993: Nomination – César Award for Most Promising Actress for Beau fixe
- 1995: Nomination – César Award for Most Promising Actress for Mina Tannenbaum
- 2009: Won – César Award for Best Supporting Actress for I've Loved You So Long
- "ZYLBERSTEIN Elsa". Les Gens du Cinéma. last updated on 13 March 2009.
- "The original blonde of Elsa Zylberstein". Interview by Paris Match. Retrieved 6 March 2008. "P.M. Do you speak Hebrew? E.Z. Not at all. For the film, I had to learn everything. A religious girl guided me for the texts, rituals, songs and traditions, such as the mikveh, the ritual bath of purification. My name is very strong, but I am not practicing. Raised between a Catholic mother and a Jewish father, they took me to the synagogue once a year. So I felt Jewish, and at the same time, I made a crèche for Christmas. My father was tearing his hair out. Since then, I stopped, and today I am attracted to Buddhist rites."
- "Elsa Zylberstein". Evene.fr. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
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- Elsa Zylberstein at AllRovi
- Elsa Zylberstein at AlloCiné (French)
- Elsa Zylberstein – Actrices Francaises