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After 5 years in which he did not act in an Israeli series - Yosef Sweid returns to star in the yes drama "Night Care". In an interview with Walla! Tarbut tells why he is fed up with offers to play "Arab"

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Swede (photo: Walla! system, Sagi Ben Non)

After about five long years in which Yosef Sweid did not play in an Israeli series - the last one was Kesht's "Doubles" - the actor Yosef Sweid is returning to the small screen when he will star in the lead role in yes's drama "Night Care".

This was announced this morning (Tuesday) at the company's press conference that presented its upcoming broadcast schedule.

Svid lives in Berlin, Germany with his partner Adi Shilon, and while in the middle of this decade, the talented and respected actor from the Israeli industry is missing, he participated in international series.

Yosef, why didn't you play for so long in series in Israel?

"Why didn't it happen? I believe it's the distance. Casts say, 'Well, he's far away, why don't we invite him now?' Once again for 'Arab' roles. There aren't that many roles like that, and when there are - they're not really that exciting roles. I'm tired of it, I'm trying to change the range. So it doesn't suit me sometimes either."

To see an Arab playing the main role of a character whose main feature is not his Arabness - this is unfortunately not a common occurrence in Israel.

"It's true, I play a Christian Arab in this series, but it's not so personal in the series. There isn't so much the national thing. That's what's beautiful, and that's why I do it. I was attracted to the role, which is not necessarily related to Arabness. It's quite rare. I think that a kind of openness is needed, not so great, to understand that we are talking about people. When you are asked about your identity, then there is nothing to do, we are in the area that is the first thing that comes up. They will ask me: How do you identify with this? I play a psychologist, a father, a man in crisis the age of forty".

Sweed and Shilon (Photo: Aviv Khofi)

In the series "Night Treatment", created and written by Raanan Caspi and directed by Gabriel Biblivitch, Swed plays Louie Mansour, a clinical psychologist whose wife committed suicide after battling depression.

He struggled with the feeling that it was he, who managed to save so many people, who failed to save his wife from herself.

He was left to raise his two children alone.

Louie decides to switch to treatment at night, because being in the clinic at night allows him to take care of his children who lost their mother during the day, trying to rebuild their lives after the trauma they went through.

At this time, his pregnant sister Mira (Lucy Ayoub) leaves behind her life in Nazareth and comes to look after her nephews and give them warmth and stability while trying to figure out how to move on.

Just as the day and the night mix more and more into each other, so too Louis' treatments project and reflect his life.

The series deals with mental pain, love, dealing with anger, relationships, death and parenting.

You are now playing a psychologist.

If you have ever been in psychological therapy, what was the diagnosis?

"I was in several long treatments. With one of the psychologists, I felt that I was boring him, because my problems are normal problems."

What, anxieties and such?

"Not even anxiety. Just a little problems in a relationship, a 30-year-old crisis that I had at the time. He was actually a psychologist who dealt with battle shock, and someone came to him with normal problems. I really felt that he was trying to show interest. And I understood him. I'm not interested."

In his international career, Swed has starred in the American action thriller American Assassin, the American-German Netflix series The Rebel, and the Austrian Netflix crime drama Bloom's Dead.

"A second season will probably be filmed for the series, which was very successful in the world and it could also be seen in Israel, and I'm doing another comedy there. In Israel I'm doing auditions, I hope something else happens."

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The demonstration against the legal revolution (photo: official website, Or Adar)

How disturbed are you by the coup d'état in Israel and by the fact that we are a step away from a dictatorship?

"It bothers me a lot. First of all, my family lives here, my parents are here, my sisters are here, all my best friends are here. I still haven't found friends like them. We do live in Berlin, but we follow the news. It's watching and crying. We are sad Israel has never been a sane place, but now it feels like a step up. But we also try to maintain some kind of hope."

The hope, I suppose, also stems from the powerful protest.

"True. It's amazing to see that people finally woke up, and that it didn't stop. I remember the protests about the cost of living. It was and somehow it disappeared, while the cost of living only got worse. The protest now feels much stronger and much more powerful. And yes, it gives hope.

"And I want to say something else. This place has always been crazy, and because of the craziness of the place, the art has become more interesting. I must say that the players in Israel are more interesting, stronger and more powerful than the players I see in Europe, because there is some kind of combustion all the time underneath that activates them. So If you can talk about something good, this is it."

The German government expressed criticism of the right-wing government in Israel and did not hide its concern about the plan to weaken the justice system and the escalation against the Palestinians.

"There were now demonstrations in Berlin by Israeli groups. One of the funniest and most beautiful things that happened there was that they held a sign on it that read: Abant de jeuish people safard enaf? So here, there is creativity in this period as well."

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