elvire emanuelle


  • "A star is born performance

    ...this movie belongs to Emanuelle"

    - Deadline


    "Emanuelle’s performance as Mo is certainly spectacular...”

    - New York Times



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    Elvire Emanuelle is an actress best recognized for her leading role as Mo in the critically acclaimed and award-winning Netflix Original film, FIRST MATCH which debutted at South by Southwest 2018 and won the Audience Choice Award and Gamechanger Award. FIRST MATCH was written and directed by Olivia Newman (WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING) and it was produced by Bryan Unkeless (I, TONYA, THE HUNGER GAMES) Chanelle Elaine (COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS) and Veronica Nickel (MOONLIGHT). Elvire played opposite Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jharrel Jerome and Colman Domingo.


    Elvire's performance was highlighted with Deadline noting her as a "one to watch", Refinery 29 as one of the “best performances by women” in film in 2018 and the Los Angeles Times noting "The actress is a tighly wound bundle of raw nerves". Her work in "First Match" particularly stands out, showcasing her talent in a challenging and dynamic role.


    In Elvire's upcoming film KEMBA (2024), she depicts Kemba's best friend, Lisa, throughout the story's journey opposite Nesta Cooper (SEE). KEMBA, based on the significant true story of Kemba Smith, is directed by Kelley Kali, a Student Academy and South by Southwest award-winning director and Academy Gold Fellowship recipient (LALO'S HOUSE and I'M FINE (THANKS FOR ASKING)). KEMBA began it's festival run in November 2023, with it's international debut at the Rome International Film Festival and so far it has won the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Best True Story Depiction Award and the St. Louis Internatinal Film Festival Audience Choice Award.


    Born of Haitian immigrants, Elvire is known not just for her acting ability but also for her belief in the transformative power storytelling. Elvire views acting not just as a profession but as a duty and a necessity, emphasizing the role of stories in teaching us about ourselves, others and life. Her dedication to her art was recognized when she won the New Time's Best Supporting Actress Award for her portrayal of The Girl in Dania Gurira's "Eclipsed" at the Women's Theatre Project.


    Emanuelle's journey in acting and her contribuitions to the world of storytelling highlight her as a dedicated, insightful artist. She trained with renowned acting teacher, Wynn Handman at the Wynn Handman Studio in New York City.


    Elvire is pronounced /elveer/.



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