Meet the Finalist: Marc Saez, "The Role of a Lifetime"
Tell us about yourself, and about The Role of a Lifetime.
Author, Actor, Director and Producer, born in Marseille on November 25, 1967.Graduated from the Conservatoire de Marseille in Dramatic Art. Actor for The Cinema in "Day of atonement ", "Le nombril du monde", "The Boyz 2"…On television i played Pierre d’archambaud in the international show BORGIA written by Tom Fontana and directed by Christoph Schrewe but also with Jacques Malaterre in"The assassination of Henry IV" where I played the Duke of Epernon, and "Forbidden Love" Bob Swaim, and with Paolo Barzman, Thierry Binisti, robin Davis, Josée Dayan, Philippe Carrese.
In 2014, I adapted Sidney Lummet’s controversial film “ Strip search” for the theatre : “A NU”. The play had a great success in Avignon and in Paris at the XXem Theatre.
Share a memorable moment you experienced working on this project.
We shot this film in 2 nights with a low budget but with a lot of heart. Denouncing harassement in the cinema industry was a vital subject for me. The film was written 2 years before the Me too explosion. When we produced the play “A NU” wich is a play about torture and arbitrary arrests, the two actors Véronique Picciotto and Helmi Dridi had to be naked on stage in the second half of the play and they had very hard parts to play psychologically and physically. Veronique had invited many casting directors, producers and directors at the play. It was the attitude of some people in the industry that made me write this film.
Véronique is an amazing actress, courageous, available, intelligent. It’s a pleasure to work with her. She’s doing a real performance in this movie. It’s not a coincidence that she won 25 Best actress awards on the 62 won with this short film.
Olivier Hémon is a great actor too. Very available and open. I had a lot of fun working with him.
Name 3 collaborators that you'd take with you to any other project.
3 collaborators I would take with me in any other project, without any hesitation, are Véronique Picciotto, Olivier Hémon for the acting part. On the technical side, there are too many that I appreciate to limit my choice on 3.
3 tips you’d like to share with aspiring artists in your field:
Fight for your passions, never abandon your dreams and never allow anyone to tell you that you will not succeed.
What do you hope to achieve in your career in the next 5 years?
In the Next 5 Years I hope to have started or finalized one of the 2 feature films I wrote. There is one for the USA and the other one for France. And as I am also an actor, I hope to meet new directors. I speak French English and Spanish, I’m open ;-)