November 27, 1964 - April 19, 2016
“because I’m that way, I’m total”
To Take a Wife (2004) Ve'Lakhta Lehe Isha (original title), Ronit Elkabetz, Simon Abkarian and Gilbert Melki
Extract from interview: Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz on 'Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem'
Feb. 2015 - The Film Experience
Elkabetz’s breakthrough role, internationally, was The Band’s Visit, the 2007 culture-clash comedy about an Egyptian police band who are stuck in a restaurant overnight while attempting to reach an Arab cultural centre in Israel. Directed by Eran Kolirin, Elkabetz played the restaurant owner, and the film screened at the Cannes film festival before a successful release in Europe and the US.
In 1994 she won an Ophir (Israeli film academy award) for best supporting actress for Sh’chur, a drama set in Israel’s Moroccan-émigré community, and in 2001 won the Ophir for best actress for Late Marriage, a comedy set in Israel’s Georgian-émigré community.
Elkabetz, meanwhile, had largely relocated to Paris, spending time as a student at Ariane Mnouchkine’s celebrated Théâtre du Soleil, and began working in French-language cinema with the 2001 comedy Origine Contrôlée.