Portrait of Elsa Zylberstein by Sylvie Lancrenon
Elsa Florence Zylbersztejn
16 October 1968
|Other names||Elsa Steiner|
Elsa Zylberstein (born Elsa Florence Zylbersztejn, 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 more than 60 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 Jewish Polish father, Albert Zylbersztejn (born 1938), and a French Catholic mother, Liliane Chenard (born 1940). Her father is a physicist and her mother was a beautician for Dior.She has a brother, Benjamin (born c. 1970). Zylberstein felt both Jewish and Christian; now she is "attracted to Buddhist rites". 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 studied acting under 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 as Jeanne Hébuterne 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. She then dated Nicolas Bedos from 2005 to 2008.Later she dated Georges-Marc Benamou, advisor to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, although she is a staunch supporter of the Socialist Party.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|Three 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||Nominated - Lumières Award for Best Actress|
|Amazon||Amazon Priestess||Jeno Udvardi|
|2016||The Stalking Moon||Veronique Fournier||Antonio Galloro|
|2017||Un sac de billes||Anna||Christian Duguay|
|Chacun sa vie et son intime conviction||Claude Lelouch|
|À bras ouverts||Daphné Fougerole||Philippe de Chauveron|
|2018||Bel Canto||Paul Weitz|
|2020||Waiting for Anya||Jo's mother|
|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 |
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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
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