Elsa Zylberstein

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Elsa Zylberstein
Elsa Zylberstein 2014 2.jpg
Elsa Zylberstein in 2014
Born Elsa Florence Zylbersztejn
(1968-10-16) 16 October 1968 (age 46)
Paris, France
Other names Elsa Steiner
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Website http://www.elsa-zylberstein.com

Elsa Zylberstein (born 16 October 1968)[1] is a French film, TV, and stage actress. After studying drama, Zylberstein began her film career in 1989, and has appeared in more than 60 films. She won the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for I've Loved You So Long (2008).

Early life[edit]

Zylberstein was born Elsa Florence Zylbersztejn[1] in Paris to an Ashkenazi Polish father, Albert Zylberstein, and a Catholic mother. Her father is a physicist. Zylberstein felt both Jewish and Christian; now she is "attracted to Buddhist rites".[2] She has practised classical dance since her childhood. After a Baccalauréat 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.[3][4]


Elsa Zylberstein in 2009, at the 34th César Awards

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.

Personal life[edit]

Zylberstein dated Antoine de Caunes between 1997 and 2005. Then she was in couple with Nicolas Bedos from 2005 to 2008.[5] Later she dated Georges-Marc Benamou, advisor to French president Nicolas Sarkozy, although she is a staunch supporter of the Socialist Party.


Elsa Zylberstein in March 2013
Year Title Author Director Notes
1990 Joko's Anniversary Roland Topor Jean-Louis Jacopin Petit Odéon
1991 Eurydice Jean Anouilh Georges Wilson Théâtre de l'Œuvre
1993 Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw Bernard Murat Théâtre Hébertot
1997-98 Six Characters in Search of an Author Luigi Pirandello Jorge Lavelli Théâtre de l'Eldorado
2000 Le Malin Plaisir David Hare Jacques Lassalle Théâtre de l'Atelier
2003 Proof David Auburn Bernard Murat (2) Théâtre des Mathurins
2005 Laissez-moi Marcelle Sauvageot Laetitia Masson Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
2007 Gamines Sylvie Testud Sylvie Testud Théâtre national de Nice
2009 Le Démon de Hannah Antoine Rault Michel Fagadau Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
2011 Le Temps qui passe Karine Silla-Pérez Vincent Pérez Théâtre des Mathurins
2012 Les Derniers Jours de Stefan Zweig Laurent Seksik Gérard Gélas Théâtre Antoine-Simone Berriau
2014 Vita and Virginia Eileen Atkins Jean-Marie Besset Festival NAVA
Splendour Géraldine Maillet Catherine Schaub Théâtre de Paris
Globes de Cristal Award - Best Actress


Year Title Role Director Notes
1989 Baptême Gabrielle René Féret
1990 Chillers Isabelle Maurice Dugowson TV Series (1 Episode)
1991 Génial, mes parents divorcent ! Thomas's Sister Patrick Braoudé
Van Gogh Cathy Maurice Pialat Acteurs à l'Écran - Best Actress
Nominated - César Award for Most Promising Actress
La neige et le feu Claude Pinoteau
Alisée Alisée André Blanchard
1992 Amoureuse The Farsighted Jacques Doillon
Beau fixe Frederique Christian Vincent Nominated - César Award for Most Promising Actress
Princesse Alexandra Sister Ermenegilde Denis Amar TV Movie
La grande collection Mercedes Gérard Vergez TV Series (1 Episode)
1993 De force avec d'autres Do Simon Reggiani
La place d'un autre Florence René Féret (2)
Comment font les gens Yvette Pascale Bailly Short
L'orange amère Fanny Olivier Sadock Short
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles The Telephone Girl Simon Wincer & Carl Schultz TV Series (1 Episode)
1994 Mina Tannenbaum Ethel Benegui Martine Dugowson Nominated - César Award for Most Promising Actress
Farinelli Alexandra Gérard Corbiau
1995 Jefferson in Paris Adrienne de La Fayette James Ivory
1996 A Saturday on Earth Claire Diane Bertrand
Portraits chinois Emma Martine Dugowson (2)
1997 Tenue correcte exigée Lucie Philippe Lioret
Metroland Annick Philip Saville
XXL Arlette Stern Ariel Zeitoun
1998 Man Is a Woman Rosalie Baumann Jean-Jacques Zilbermann Cabourg Film Festival - Best Actress
Lautrec Suzanne Valadon Roger Planchon
1999 Je veux tout Eva Guila Braoudé
Time Regained Rachel Raúl Ruiz
Bonne Nuit Susan TV Movie
2000 Là-bas... mon pays Pierre Nivel's Wife Alexandre Arcady
Love Torn in a Dream Lucrezia / Jessica / Sultane Raúl Ruiz (2)
2001 Les fantômes de Louba Louba Martine Dugowson (3)
Un ange Léa Pastore Miguel Courtois
Not Afraid, Not Afraid Annette Carducci
2002 Féroce Zébulon Gilles de Maistre
Jean Moulin Antoinette Yves Boisset TV Movie
2003 Monsieur N. Albine de Montholon Antoine de Caunes
That Day Livia Raúl Ruiz (3)
3 Blind Mice Nathalie Mathias Ledoux
Qui perd gagne ! Angèle Berstein Laurent Bénégui
2004 Tomorrow We Move Michèle Chantal Akerman
Pourquoi (pas) le Brésil Christine Angot Laetitia Masson
Modigliani Jeanne Hébuterne Mick Davis
2005 Little Jerusalem Mathilde Karin Albou Nominated - Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress
La cloche a sonné Léa Bruno Herbulot
Journées froides qui menacent les plantes Virginie Chanu
2006 J'invente rien Mathilde Mahut Michel Leclerc
Le concile de pierre Clarisse Guillaume Nicloux
Petits meurtres en famille Édith Edwin Baily TV Mini-Series
2007 Unknown Things The Young Woman Bruno Coppola
Childhoods Ingmar Bergman's Mother Safy Nebbou
2008 La fabrique des sentiments Éloïse Jean-Marc Moutout
I've Loved You So Long Léa Philippe Claudel César Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chlotrudis Awards - Best Supporting Actress
Nuit de chien Maria de Souza Werner Schroeter
Nucingen House Anne-Marie Raúl Ruiz (4)
2009 La folle histoire d'amour de Simon Eskenazy Rosalie Jean-Jacques Zilbermann (2)
La double inconstance Flaminia Carole Giacobbi TV Movie
Myster Mocky présente Various Jean-Pierre Mocky TV Series (1 Episode)
Vénus & Apollon Angie Pascal Lahmani TV Series (8 Episodes)
2010 Roses à crédit The Pharmacist Amos Gitai
2011 Un baiser papillon Marie Karine Silla
JC comme Jésus Christ Herself Jonathan Zaccaï
Les tribulations d'une caissière Marie Pierre Rambaldi
2012 Plan de table Catherine Christelle Raynal Alpe d'Huez International Comedy Film Festival - Best Acting
Lines of Wellington Sister Irmã Cordélia Valeria Sarmiento Nominated - CinEuphoria Awards - Best Ensemble
2013 À votre bon coeur mesdames Sister Blandine Jean-Pierre Mocky (2)
2014 Gemma Bovery Wizzy Anne Fontaine
2015 The Price of Desire Romaine Brooks Mary McGuckian
Un plus une Anna Hamon Claude Lelouch
Amazon Amazon Priestess Jeno Udvardi
2016 The Stalking Moon Veronique Fournier Antonio Galloro

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "ZYLBERSTEIN Elsa". Les Gens du Cinéma. last updated on 13 March 2009.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "Elsa Zylberstein". Evene.fr. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Google Translate". translate.google.com. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.dhnet.be/lifestyle/people/emma-de-caunes-remplacee-51b7c598e4b0de6db98d26f1

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