Daphna Kastner is a Canadian actress, director and screenwriter. She
won the Paris Film Festival Press Award for “Spanish
Fly” (1998), which she directed, wrote and starred in, and was
nominated for Deauville Film Festival's Grand Special Prize for
her directorial debut, “French Exit” (1995). Her
collaborations with Canadian filmmaker Bashar Shbib, “Julia Has
Two Lovers” (1991) and “Lana in Love” (1991), were
premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and received critical acclaim at
the 1991 Montreal Film Festival and the New Orleans Film Festival.
Kastner is married to American actor Harvey Keitel. Together, they have
one son, Roman (born 2004). Keitel also has two children from his
Childhood and Family:
Daphna Kastner was born on April 17, 1961, in Montréal,
Québec, Canada. She first met Harvey Keitel in the 1980s. They
did not reunite until August 11, 2001, and while attending the Haifa
International Film Festival in Israel, they eloped in a secret weeding
ceremony in Jerusalem. On October 7, 2001, the couple had their
official ceremony at the home of Keitel's friend, Robert De Niro, in
New York City.
In August 2004, Daphna give birth to a baby son, Roman.
Julia Has Two Lovers
Daphna Kastner made her feature film acting debut in Peter Sasdy's
drama, “The Lonely Lady” (1983), which starred Pia Zadora,
Lloyd Bochner and Bibi Besch. Four years later, she co-wrote and
appeared in the Canadian movie “Evixion” (1987), helmed by
Bashar Shbib. She went on to land roles on films such as Dan Peterson's
comedy “Girlfriend from Hell” (1989, starred Liane Curtis,
Dana Ashbrook and Lezlie Deane) and Henry Jaglom's dramas
“Eating” (1990, starred Frances Bergen, Lisa Blake Richards
and Nelly Alard) and “Venice/Venice” (1992, starred Nelly
Alard, Henry Jaglom and Melissa Leo).
Kastner delivered a notable performance as Billy Jean, a tough love
prostitute, in the independent drama “Crack Me Up” (1991),
under the direction of Bashar Shbib. She also co-wrote the screenplay
with Shbib. The same year, she wrote the screenplay of “Julia Has
Two Lovers,” another film by Bashar Shbib, where she played the
title role, opposite David Duchovny. The film was nominated for
Panorama Audience Award for Fiction Film at the Berlin International
Film Festival. She also co-wrote and starred in the drama film
“Lana in Love” (1992), which was also directed by Bashar
In 1995, Kastner made her feature film directorial debut with
“French Exit,” a comedy/romance starring Mädchen
Amick, Jonathan Silverman and Molly Hagan, which she also co-wrote with
Michael A. Lerner. She was nominated for Deauville Film Festival's
Grand Special Prize for her the film.
Following a small part in Jordan Alan's comedy/drama film “Kiss
& Tell” (1996), starring Richmond Arquette, Lewis Arquette
and Peter Greene, Kastner returned to the director's chair to helm
“Spanish Fly” (1998), which she also wrote and starred in,
opposite Felipe Vélez and Toni Cantó. The film premiered
at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 1998 and
later won Press Award at the 1999 Paris Film Festival.
In 2000, Kastner was featured on Mike Figgis's drama
“Timecode,” which starred Jeanne Tripplehorn, Stellan
Skarsgård and Salma Hayek. She then was cast as Silvia in the
film “Eden” (2001), by Israeli auteur filmmaker Amos Gitai.
In 2007, she played the role of Gloria in Howard Himelstein's
comedy/drama film, “My Sexiest Year,” which starred Frankie
Muniz, Amber Valletta and Kastner's husband, Harvey Keitel.
Paris Film Festival: Press Award, “Spanish Fly,” 1999