Was born in Tel Aviv in 1962. At 13, he received an 8mm movie camera and a roll of film. He wanted to recreate a gunfight scene he had seen in a western and set his camera on the tracks of an approaching train. It got smashed to smithereens. However, by 18, he had already made dozens of films. As a young soldier he was part of a tank crew. He trained as a gunner, firing at barrels of fuel that exploded like fireworks. It felt like a Luna Park game. Only when war broke out in June 1982, did he learn the horrors of being a gunner. In 1987 he completed his cinema studies, but it took him 20 years more to finally create his first feature film, LEBANON.
He has worn a suit only twice in his life: on his Bar- Mitzva, and when he won the Golden Lion award in Venice for LEBANON. Eight years later he wrote and directed his second film, FOXTROT.
A French and Israeli actress. She is best known for film roles in JELLYFISH directed by Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen; STONES, directed by Raphael Nadjari; OUR MUSIC, directed by Jean- Luc Godard; and MARIE ANTOINETTE by Sofia Coppola. Sarah was nominated for a European Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in OUR MUSIC, and an Ophir Award for Best Actress for her performance in JELLYFISH, which won the Cannes Film Festival's Caméra d'or. More recently, she collaborated twice with Amos Gitai in his films ANA ARABIA and TSILI. In 2015, the film AYA, in which Sarah Adler played the title role, was nominated in the short film category at the Oscars.
An award-winning Israeli screen, television, and stage actor. He was recently acclaimed for his performance as Micha Eshel, Israeli Diplomat and Prime Minister whose fate is linked inextricably with that of the title character in Joseph Cedar's NORMAN: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.
Ashkenazi became one of Israel's biggest stars after his performance as "Zaza" in Dover Kashashvili's LATE MARRIAGE (2001). He won the Ophir (Israeli Academy Award) for Best Actor for LATE MARRIAGE, FOOTNOTE, and FOXTROT, and was nominated for RUTENBERG (2003, Best Supporting Actor) and WALK ON WATER (2004, Best Actor).
His other films include: GIFT FROM ABOVE; SIMA VAKNIN WITCH; THE BUBBLE; MELAH HA-ARETZ; WILD DOGS; HELLO, GOODBYE; ELI & BEN; ULTIMATUM, RABIES, YOSSI, BIG BAD WOLVES; THE DUNE; ENCIRCLEMENTS, and as Uriel Shkolnik, a Talmudic scholar with a complicated relationship with his fellow scholar father, in Joseph Cedar's FOOTNOTE. This year Ashkenazi finished shooting THE WANDERERS.
Ashkenazi also appeared in a season of the series "In Therapy," the Israeli series that was remade in the U.S. as "In Treatment." Some of his other TV credits includes: "Shabatot VeHagim," "Ha- Emet Ha'Eroma," "Adama," "The Missionary," "Good Family," "Hazoref," and "The Exchange Principle." Ashkenazi was born in Ramat Gan, Israel, where he studied acting at Beit Zvi School for Performing Arts. After graduating in 1994, he starred in many plays at Habima and Beit Lessin Theatres in Tel Aviv and the Beersheba Theater in Beersheba.