Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ronit Elakabetz (1964-2016)

The Israeli Actress Ronit Elkabetz has died of cancer.  She was an award-winning actress, director and scriptwriter who over the course of her career won three Ophir awards – the Israeli equivalent of the Oscar – for best actress, for her performances in the films “Sh’Chur,” “Late Marriage” and “The Band’s Visit.” Elkabetz was born in Be’er Sheva in 1964, the eldest of four children, one of whom is director and screenwriter Shlomi Elkabetz. She studied acting at the Hadar Theater.

Here is my review of her film (with brother Shlomi Elkabetz)  Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem which I discovered a year ago.

Uri Klein had a loving tribute in Haaretz:
Her death was a shock. It felt as if a great, magnificent tree had been uprooted from the Israeli film landscape. She was talented, beautiful, magnificent— a one-woman extravaganza who was able to transcend herself and embrace the art of filmmaking and the place and society in which the films were made. Even when I had reservations about her performance or direction of a film, it was never possible to ignore her. There has never been another Israeli movie actress or artist whose presence declared with such force: I am here!...
Elkabetz had a face that was impossible to look away from, a voice that sometimes erupted from the depths of her body and her soul.
Here is an anonymous tribute found on the internet:

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