About Ronit Elkabetz

Ronit Elkabetz was born in Beersheba in 1964, She grew up in Kiryat Yam. Her first film appearance was in The Intended (1990) next to 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 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, France, to study in Ariane Mnouchkine’s Théâtre du Soleil.
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 2007 she starred in Eran Kolirin’s The Band’s Visit, for which she won her third Ophir Award.

In 2008 she and Shlomi Elkabetz finished their second film, Shiva (“Seven Days”), which won the Wolgin Award for Best Feature Film at the 2008 Jerusalem Film Festival.
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 Amsallem was selected to be screened as part of the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Elkabetz passed away in Tel Aviv in April of 2016.

Ronit Elkabetz

Acting, Directing, Producing, Narrative

Tel Aviv, Israel
Grant Recipient