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Nasri Sayegh: "There is no difference between pornography of sex and war"

BEIRUT | iloubnan.info - June 09, 2014, 15h19
Par Sophie Spencer
Nasri Sayegh in "A Thin Soft Layer of غِشاء", by Jad Youssef. Photo: JAD YOUSSEF.
One of the most recurrent faces at this year’s Lebanese Film Festival, appearing in 3 films, the prolific Lebanese actor, Nasri Sayegh talks to iloubnan.info.
Nasri Sayegh is starring in three short films in this year’s Lebanese Film Festival: Siham, God is the Greatest and Incarnation of a bird from an Oil Painting.

I meet him at this year’s festival outside the Metropolis Empire Sofil cinema in Ashrafieh. He is charming and friendly even though our interview starts with a faux pas on my part. "So what have you actually done? I was googling your name and I kept getting pictures of this old man who writes articles for a famous Lebanese newspaper. I couldn’t work out if it was you or he that had written books."

"That old man is my dad. He wrote the books." Sorry Nasri Sayegh senior!...

Nasri Sayegh (junior!) is an actor. Having played all the characters in the Le Proces d’Oscar Wilde, a largely silent character in What’s going on? and Chadi in the comedy web series Shankaboot, Nasri has demonstrated the wide range of his acting palette. The star of the documentary ‘I will come back as a child’ about an Inuit community near the North Pole who have no sense of gender, Nasri also writes and djs in his spare time. Impressive, isn't it?

iloubnan.info: Let’s talk about your films. You have three screened in this year’s festival; tell me about them.
Nasri Sayegh: Well firstly, there is ‘God is the Greatest’ by the German director Kai Gero Lenke. It is a 10-minute film, which was shot in Berlin last summer but is supposed to be Aleppo or anywhere in Syria. A man sees his mother get shot and then we see the next 30 minutes after this. We are in the midst of the action. It’s different from other movies, as it calls for immediate emotions; there is no time to think. It took one day of filming for 10 minutes of intense action.

How does it feel to act something that is happening right now?
It’s awkward to act something happening before our very eyes. We don’t want to be obscene. But right now it feels like the images we see on the news are not enough. This film is the re-enactment of a YouTube video. It’s presenting the truth in a different way. I believe art can give something more to reality.

Do you believe we are experiencing sympathy fatigue towards Syria?
Yes, people now are numb to the news. With all respect to media we have to think more about images and avoid the pornography of images. For me, there is no difference between the pornography of sex and war. If we exploit images they become saturated and cheap. This film is different, it is paying real homage to those who have died; it is like placing a flower on the grave of everyone who has died, not just mothers and children but also men. In order to end the conflict and say ‘enough is enough’.

For these reasons would you call this your hardest film?
This film was not harder than the others. The actor’s responsibility is the same for films of love and war. He must connect with the audience, be truthful to the original and be creative.

Tell me quickly about the other two short films at the festival, Siham and Incarnation of a Bird from an Oil Painting.
Siham was made by my friend Cyril Aris who is currently studying at Colombia University in New York. It is a completely different theme to God is the Greatest. It’s about tough decisions and what they do to human beings.
For Incarnation of a bird from an oil painting I worked with Roy Samaha and Omar Fakhoury who are both visual artists. It is poetic, witty and innovative and the producers don’t take themselves too seriously.

What’s next?
A Sci-fi film! The first Lebanese sci-fi film. It is a very long process, very daring but it will be cleverly done. It is very philosophical and will be set in Beirut in around 2075.
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