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Elina Löwensohn

Highest Rated:   96% Schindler's List (1993)
Lowest Rated:   36% Six Ways to Sunday (1999)
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The personification of a certain brand of Eastern European exoticism that lends itself to playing either vampires or mysterious women with a past, Romanian actress Elina Lowensohn is best known to most audiences as a regular player in the films of Hal Hartley. Born in Bucharest in 1967, Lowensohn lived there until she was 14, with her father, a concentration camp survivor who was an official with the Ceausescu regime, and her mother, a noted ballet dancer and teacher. After the family defected to the U.S. and settled in New York, Lowensohn went on to study theatre at the University of Michigan and at New York University's Playwrights Horizon School. Her first break came courtesy of director Hartley, who, as legend has it, discovered the actress when she was working as a waitress in a New York diner. He subsequently cast her opposite fellow Hartley regular William Sage as one half of a bickering couple in his 1991 short The Theory of Achievement. A starring role in Hartley's Simple Men, in which Lowensohn played a mysterious young woman stranded on Long Island, followed in 1992. Lowensohn spent the remainder of the decade appearing mainly in small, art house films; in addition to further starring work for Hartley in his highly acclaimed Amateur (1994), which cast her as a troubled porn star, and Flirt (1995), she did starring work in Michael Almereyda's Nadja (1994), in which she played the film's titular heroine, a vampire prowling the streets of New York City. Lowensohn also had a memorable turn as New York gallery owner Annina Nosei in Julian Schnabel's Basquiat (1996) and appeared in a number of French films, including Le Silence De Rak (1997), a romantic drama in which she starred opposite François Cluzet.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
94% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!)
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Un Juif pour l'exemple
  • Myria Bloch
2016
95% The Forbidden Room
  • Sister
$34.5k 2015
No Score Yet La résurrection des natures mortes (Living Still Life)
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Le Refuge
  • Actor
2014
86% Declaration of War
  • Alex
$46.7k 2012
No Score Yet Boro in the Box
  • Actor
2011
93% Lourdes
  • Cecile
2010
No Score Yet Des rêves pour l'hiver
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet "L'Origine de la tendresse" and Other Tales
  • Actor
2008
40% Able Danger
  • Kasia
2008
45% Fay Grim
  • Bebe
$62.3k 2007
No Score Yet Sombre
  • Actor
2007
46% Dark Water
  • Dahlia's Mother
$25.5M 2005
No Score Yet Quicksand
  • Vannessa
2003
No Score Yet Immortality
  • Actor
2000
47% Immortality
  • Anne
2000
36% Six Ways to Sunday
  • Iris
1999
No Score Yet Sombre
  • Claire
1998
No Score Yet In the Presence of Mine Enemies
  • Rachel Heller
1997
38% I'm Not Rappaport
  • Clara Lemlich
1996
70% Basquiat
  • Annina Nosei
1996
80% Flirt
  • The Nurse
1996
No Score Yet Jane Doe
  • Lucinda
1996
57% Nadja
  • Nadja
1995
75% Amateur
  • Sofia
1995
No Score Yet My Antonia
  • Antonia
1995
96% Schindler's List
  • Diana Reiter
1993
90% Simple Men
  • Elina
1992
No Score Yet Theory Of Achievement
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Vasco
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Katya
  • 1994

Quotes from Elina Löwensohn's Characters