Ronit Elkabetz in Paris, 2010
|Born||27 November 1964
|Spouse(s)||Avner Yasharon (2010–present)|
Ronit Elkabetz (Hebrew: רונית אלקבץ, Arabic: رونيت القبص) born 27 November 1964) is an Israeli actress and filmmaker. She works in both Israeli and French cinema. She has won three Ophir Awards and has received a total of seven nominations.
Elkabetz was born in Beersheba in 1964 to a religious Moroccan Jewish family originally from Essaouira. She grew up in Kiryat Yam. Her mother was a hairdresser and her father was a postal employee. Her mother spoke French and Arabic, but her father insisted on speaking only Hebrew. She never studied acting and started her career as a model. She divides her time between her homes in Paris and Tel Aviv. She married architect Avner Yasharon on 25 June 2010.
Acting and directing career
Her first film appearance was in The Intended (1990) next to Shuli Rand, who later became her partner. They both starred in Gidi Dar's Eddie King in 1992. In 1994 she starred in Sh'Chur, for which she won the Israeli Film Academy (Ophir) Award. In 1995 she wrote with her partner, Haim Buzaglo, the script for Scar, in which she also starred, and for which she learned French. In 1996 she starred in Amos Gitai's Metamorphosis of a Melody.
In 1997 she moved to Paris, France, to study in Ariane Mnouchkine's Théâtre du Soleil. During that period, she supported herself as a waitress. She did a one-woman show on the life of the choreographer Martha Graham at the Avignon Festival.
In 2001 she starred in the French film Origine contrôlée, and won her second Ophir Award for Late Marriage. In 2003 she teamed again with Gitai on Alila. In 2004 she was nominated for an Ophir Award for Or (My Treasure), and starred in the Israeli legal drama series Franco and Spector.
In 2004 she wrote, directed (with her brother, Shlomi Elkabetz) and starred in the semi-autobiographic film To Take a Wife, for which she was again nominated for an Ophir Award. In 2006 she also starred in the Israeli drama series Parashat HaShavua.
In 2009 she starred alongside Catherine Deneuve in André Téchiné's La Fille du Rer. Her other recent French projects have included Ashes and Blood, Turk's Head and Les mains libres. In 2010 she received an Ophir Award nomination for Best Actress for her work in Mabul. She was recently the subject of Nir Bergman's documentary A Stranger in Paris.
Israeli film critic Uri Klein writes: "Moviegoers can admire Ronit Elkabetz or recoil from her, or admire and recoil at the same time. Ignoring her is not an option. The mystery and the exoticism, the threat and the danger have ultimately gathered into a potent presence and cogent control."
In May 2010, Ronit Elkabetz received the France Culture award at the Cannes Film Festival, a prize awarded to filmmakers for quality work and social involvement. The judges described her as a "woman teeming with passion and erotica, who can even play the queen of Egypt."
Film and television credits
- Anderman, Nirit (2008-10-16). "In the family way". Haaretz. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
- Dupont, Joan (2005-02-17). "As director, no longer a silent witness". International Herald Tribune. ISSN 0294-8052. Retrieved 2008-05-21.
- Yudilovitch, Merav (2007-01-26). "Not all is black". Ynet. Retrieved 2008-05-20. (Hebrew)
- Hizkiya, Avivit (2001-12-05). "Femme Fatale". nrg. Retrieved 2008-05-20. (Hebrew)
- Interview: Ronit Elkabetz Jewish Chronicle. 29 October 2009
- White Diva: Late Marriage of Ronit Elkabetz NRG. 27 June 2010
- "Amos Gitai's Promised Land wins peace prize in Venice". Haaretz. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
- Birenberg, Yoav (2007-09-21). "The Band Visit's victory". Ynetnews. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
- Yudilovitch, Merav (2007-02-10). "The 'Band's Visit' continues to reap awards". Ynetnews. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
- "Israeli film maker Ronit Elkabetz". EuroNews. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
- Yudilovitch, Merav (2008-07-18). "Seven Days won the Wolgin Award". Ynet. Retrieved 2008-07-19. (Hebrew)
- 'Israeli Oscar' noms announced Jerusalem Post. 27 July 2010
- Celebrating the Remarkable Life and Work of Ronit Elkabetz Forward. 23 March 2011
- "Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2014 lineup unveiled". Screendaily. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- The Presence, Uri Klein, Haaretz
- "Israeli actress wins French award". Ynet.co.il. 1995-06-20. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
- Prix France Culture Cinéma 2010 pour Ronit Elkzabetz (video) Daily Motion. Retrieved on 19 July 2010. French
- Montreal World Film Festival: On the fringes of lawlessness, an arsonist saves his victim Montreal Gazette. 1 September 2010
- Eight Israeli movies running for best feature film as Haifa festival launches Haaretz. 24 August 2010
- Invisible (review) Screen Daily. 15 February 2011