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Elsa Zylberstein

Elsa Zylberstein
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Elsa Zylberstein in 2014
Born Elsa Florence Zylbersztejn
(1968-10-16) 16 October 1968 (age 47)
Paris, France
Other names Elsa Steiner
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present

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

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]


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

Zylberstein dated Antoine de Caunes between 1997 and 2005. Later she dated Georges-Marc Benamou, advisor to French president Nicolas Sarkozy, although she is a staunch supporter of the Socialist Party.


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Gemma Bovery Wizzy
2012 Lines of Wellington Sister Cordélia
2011 Plan de table Catherine
Les tribulations d'une caissière Marie
JC comme Jésus-Christ Elsa
Un baiser papillon Marie
2010 Roses à crédit La pharmacienne TV movie
2009 La folle histoire d'amour de Simon Eskenazy Rosalie
Un rique à courir episode of Myster Mocky présente
Vénus & Apollon Angie TV series 8 episodes
La double inconstance Flaminia TV movie
2008 Nucingen House Anne-Marie
Nuit de chien Maria de Souza
I've Loved You So Long Léa
La Fabrique des sentiments Éloïse
2007 Enfances La mère d'Ingmar Bergman
2006 [[The Stone Council#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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Une naissance La mère
J'invente rien Mathilde Mahut
2005 La cloche a sonné Léa
Little Jerusalem Mathilde
Journées froides qui menacent les plantes
2004 Why (Not) Brazil? Laetitia Masson/Christine Angot
Modigliani Jeanne Hébuterne
Loser Takes All! Angèle
Tomorrow We Move Michèle
2003 3 Blind Mice Nathalie Cross
That Day Livia
Monsieur N. Albine de Montholon
2002 Ferocious Zébulon, la conseillère en communication
2001 Un ange Léa Pastore
Les fantômes de Louba Louba
Not Afraid, Not Afraid
2000 Love Torn in a Dream Lucrezia/Jessica/The sultan
Return to Algiers Pierre Nivel's wife
1999 Time Regained Rachel
Je veux tout Eva
1998 Lautrec Suzanne Valadon
Man Is a Woman Rosalie Baumann
1997 XXL Arlette Stern
Metroland Annick
Tenue correcte exigée Lucie
1996 Portraits chinois Emma
A Saturday on Earth Claire
1995 Jefferson in Paris Adrienne de Lafayette
1994 Farinelli Alexandra
Mina Tannenbaum Ethel Bénégui
1993 La place d'un autre Florence
Comment font les gens Yvette
De force avec d'autres Do
1992 Beau fixe Frédérique
Lover Clairvoyant
1991 La neige et le feu
Van Gogh Cathy
Génial, mes parents divorcent! La soeur de Thomas
Alisée Alisée
1989 Baptême Gabrielle



See also


  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". Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Google Translate". Retrieved 1 June 2014. 

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