Ronit Elkabetz in Jaffa film, 2009
November 27, 1964|
|Died||April 19, 2016
Tel Aviv, Israel
|Occupation||Actress, film director|
|Spouse(s)||Avner Yashar (2010–2016)|
Ronit Elkabetz (Hebrew: רונית אלקבץ, Arabic: رونيت القبص; 27 November 1964 – 19 April 2016) was an Israeli actress and filmmaker. She worked in both Israeli and French cinema. She won three Ophir Awards and received a total of seven nominations.
Elkabetz was born in Beersheba in 1964 to a religious Moroccan Jewish family originally from Essaouira, and grew up in Kiryat Yam. Her mother spoke French and Arabic, but her father insisted on speaking only Hebrew. Elkabetz was the oldest of four children, with three younger siblings who were all brothers. Her younger brother Shlomi became a director whom she worked with on their trilogy on the life of Viviane Amsalem.
Elkabetz succumbed to cancer on 19 April 2016 after struggling for a long time.
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 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 wrote: "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."
In 2010, Elkabetz received a lifetime achievement award from the Israeli Film Academy for her contribution to Israeli cinema.
Film and television credits
- "Mort de l'actrice israélienne Ronit Elkabetz". Le Parisien (in French). Retrieved 20 April 2016.
- Hizkiya, Avivit (2001-12-05). "Femme Fatale" (in Hebrew). NRG. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
- "Interview: Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz on 'Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem'". Retrieved 29 December 2015.
- Interview: Ronit Elkabetz Jewish Chronicle. 29 October 2009
- White Diva: Late Marriage of Ronit Elkabetz NRG. 27 June 2010
- "Ronit Elkabetz, President of the 2015 International Critics' Week Jury". Semaine de la Critique de Cannes. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
- "Actress and filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz dies at age 51". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
- "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" (in Hebrew). Ynet. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
- Hannah Brown, "'Israeli Oscar' noms announced". The Jerusalem Post. 27 July 2010
- "Celebrating the Remarkable Life and Work of Ronit Elkabetz" The Forward. 23 March 2011.
- "Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2014 lineup unveiled". Screendaily. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "Israeli actress wins French award". Ynet. 1995-06-20. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
- "Prix France Culture Cinéma 2010 pour Ronit Elkzabetz (video)" (in French). Dailymotion. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- Invisible (review) Screen Daily. 15 February 2011.
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