"Elsa Zylberstein"

Elsa Zylberstein (born 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 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". 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.

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.

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.

2014Gemma BoveryWizzy
2012Lines of WellingtonSister Cordélia
2011Plan de tableCatherine
Les tribulations d'une caissièreMarie
JC comme Jésus-ChristElsa
Un baiser papillonMarie
2010Roses à créditLa pharmacienneTV movie
2009La folle histoire d'amour de Simon EskenazyRosalie
Un rique à courirepisode of Myster Mocky présente
Vénus & ApollonAngieTV series 8 episodes
La double inconstanceFlaminiaTV movie
2008Nucingen HouseAnne-Marie
Nuit de chienMaria de Souza
I've Loved You So LongLéa
La Fabrique des sentimentsÉloïse
2007EnfancesLa mère d'Ingmar Bergman
2006The Stone Council (fr)Clarisse
Une naissanceLa mère
J'invente rienMathilde Mahut
2005La cloche a sonnéLéa
Little JerusalemMathilde
Journées froides qui menacent les plantes
2004Why (Not) Brazil?Laetitia Masson/Christine Angot
ModiglianiJeanne Hébuterne
Loser Takes All!Angèle
Tomorrow We MoveMichèle
20033 Blind MiceNathalie Cross
That DayLivia
Monsieur N.Albine de Montholon
2002FerociousZébulon, la conseillère en communication
2001Un angeLéa Pastore
Les fantômes de LoubaLouba
Not Afraid, Not Afraid
2000Love Torn in a DreamLucrezia/Jessica/The sultan
Return to AlgiersPierre Nivel's wife
1999Time RegainedRachel
Je veux toutEva
1998LautrecSuzanne Valadon
Man Is a WomanRosalie Baumann
1997XXLArlette Stern
Tenue correcte exigéeLucie
1996Portraits chinoisEmma
A Saturday on EarthClaire
1995Jefferson in ParisAdrienne de Lafayette
Mina TannenbaumEthel Bénégui
1993La place d'un autreFlorence
Comment font les gensYvette
De force avec d'autresDo
1992Beau fixeFrédérique
1991La neige et le feu
Van GoghCathy
Génial, mes parents divorcent!La soeur de Thomas

Prix Michel Simon in 1992
Prix Romy Schneider in 1993

1992: Nomination – César Award for Most Promising Actress for Van Gogh
1993: Nomination – César Award for Most Promising Actress for Beau fixe
1995: Nomination – César Award for Most Promising Actress for Mina Tannenbaum
2009: Won – César Award for Best Supporting Actress for I've Loved You So Long

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