Elsa Zylberstein made her debut as an actress in “Van Gogh” – a master piece by Pialat in which she played a prostitute called Cathy.
She received the “Michel Simon Price” in 1992 for her performance and was nominated for the first time for “ César Award for Most Promising Actress”
She was then awarded twice for her performance in the movies “Beau Fixe” (directed by Christian Vincent) and “Mina Tannenbaum” (directed by Martine Dugowson). She also received the “Romy Schneider Price” for her role in “Mina Tannenbaum”.
She inspired young directors such as Pascale Bailly, Diane Bertrand (“Un Samedi soir sur la Terre”) and especially Martine Dugowson. She became Martine Dugowson’s favourite actress and acted in “Portraits chinois” and “Les fantômes de Louba”.
She then accepted a role in the comedy “Tenue correcte exigée” by Philippe Lioret and in the beautiful comedy “L’Homme est une femme” by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann and with Antoine De Caunes.
Elsa met the great director Raoul Ruiz and acted in four of his films including “Le temps retrouvé” about Proust, “Ce jour là” with Bernard Giraudeau – a movie selected for the Cannes Film Festival.
Truly versatile, she has held various roles: she starred in a comedy by Akerman, appeared in another one starring Kad Merad (“J'invente rien” by Michel Leclerc 2006), and held a role in a very personal adaptation of a novel by Christine Angot (“Pourquoi (pas) le Brésil” directed by Laetitia Masson).
In 2009, she won a “César Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role” for her performance in “Il y a longtemps que je t’aime” by Philippe Claudel – a movie presented at the Berlin Film Festival.
That same year, she played in “La Fabrique des sentiments” by Jean-Marc Moutout which was also presented in Berlin. She then appeared in “Un baiser papillon” by Karine Silla before playing in two comedies: “Les Tribulations d'une caissière” by from Pierre Rambaldi and “Plan de table” by Christelle Raynal with Franck Dubosc, Andrée Lamy.
She received the “Award for Best Actress” for her performance in “Plan de table” at the Alpes D'Huez Film Festival.
In theater, she played in Pirandello’s “Six personnages en quête d'auteur” by J.Lavelli, “La preuve” by David Auburn directed by Bernard Murat, “Le malin plaisir” by David Hare and more recently in “Le démon d'Hannah”.
In 2014, she appears in the adaptation of the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds Gemma Boveri with Fabrice Luchini and Gemma Arterton.
In 2015, she played the role of Anna in Un + une directed by the veteran Claude Lelouch with Jean Dujardin and Christopher Lambert. Shot in India, the film received a very good reception from critics and audiences.
She returns back to the comedy in 2016 in the film les Têtes de l’emploi directed by Alexandre Charlot and Franck Magnier with Franck Dubosc and François-Xavier Demaison.
On 1st February 2017 the film Un sac de billes directed by the canadian Christian Duguay with Patrick Bruel and Christian Clavier will be released in French theaters.
In April 5th, 2017 will also be released in France A bras ouverts, the new comedy by Philippe de Chauveron, director of the blockbuster movie "Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu ?" with Christian Clavier, Elsa Zylberstein and François Damiens.