Elkabetz in Jaffa, 2009
27 November 1964|
19 April 2016 (aged 51)|
Tel Aviv, Israel
|Occupation||Actress, film director|
|Spouse(s)||Avner Yashar (2010–16; her death)|
Ronit Elkabetz (Hebrew: רונית אלקבץ; 27 November 1964 – 19 April 2016) was an Israeli actress, writer 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. She 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 also became a director, and they worked together on the trilogy Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem .
She never studied acting and started her career as a model. She divided her time between her homes in Paris and Tel Aviv. She married architect Avner Yashar, the son of prominent architect Yitzhak Yashar, on 25 June 2010. In 2012, they had a twin son and daughter. During her final years, she was honorary president of the Mizrahi Feminist movement "Achoti - For Women in Israel", and volunteered in the organization's activities, such as the fair trade store and clothing drives. In 2015 she was selected to be the President of the Jury for the International Critics' Week section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Elkabetz died of cancer on 19 April 2016 after a long struggle with the disease.
Acting and directing career
Elkabetz's first film appearance was in The Appointed (1990), where she played in the starring role opposite Shuli Rand. 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 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.
Her 2014 film Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem was selected to be screened as part of the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. This was the final film Elkabetz directed prior to her death.
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, 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
- "Mort de l'actrice israélienne Ronit Elkabetz". Le Parisien (in French). Retrieved 20 April 2016.
- Hizkiya, Avivit. "Femme Fatale" (in Hebrew). NRG. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
- "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.co.il, 27 June 2010.
- Anderman, Nirit (Apr 19, 2016). "Ronit Elkabetz, Diva of Israeli Cinema and Prolific Actress, Dies at 51". Ha'aretz. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
- "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 19 April 2016.
- Israeli actress Ronit Elkabetz dies at 51
- "Amos Gitai's Promised Land wins peace prize in Venice". Haaretz. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
- Birenberg, Yoav (21 September 2007). "The Band Visit's victory". Ynetnews. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
- Yudilovitch, Merav (10 February 2007). "The 'Band's Visit' continues to reap awards". Ynetnews. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
- "Israeli film maker Ronit Elkabetz". EuroNews. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
- Yudilovitch, Merav. "Seven Days won the Wolgin Award" (in Hebrew). Ynet. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
- 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. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
- "Prix France Culture Cinéma 2010 pour Ronit Elkzabetz (video)" (in French). Dailymotion. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- Heinrich, Jeff (1 September 2010). "On the fringes of lawlessness, an arsonist saves his victim". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
- "Israeli filmmaker and actress Ronit Elkabetz dead at 51". Xposé. TV3. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- Invisible (review) Screen Daily. 15 February 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ronit Elkabetz.|
- Ronit Elkabetz on IMDb
- Interview with Ronit Elkabetz, The Jewish Chronicle; accessed 3 June 2017.
- Yigal S. Nizri, In her Image: Towards an Artistic Biography of Ronit Elkabetz in Je T’aime, Ronit Elkabetz edited by Ya’ara Keydar (Design Museum Holon, 2017).
- The exhibition page in Design Museum Holon, 2017-2018.