Behind the scene with director GB Sampedro (rightmost) and the cast of ‘Separados’ (from left) Patricia Javier, Jason Abalos, Ricky Davao, Alfred Vargas, Melissa Mendez, Erik Santos, Anjo Yllana, Victor Neri and Ritz Azul (seated)
Behind the scene with director GB Sampedro (rightmost) and the cast of ‘Separados’ (from left) Patricia Javier, Jason Abalos, Ricky Davao, Alfred Vargas, Melissa Mendez, Erik Santos, Anjo Yllana, Victor Neri and Ritz Azul (seated)

Asked to elaborate the role each actor portrays, Sampedro shared, “Victor Neri is a chef whose reason for separation was sexual incompatibility. Masyadong sensitive at taboo ang usapan, pero very important sa mag-asawa to be sexually compatible.”

He continued, “Ricky Davao naman is a closet gay while Jason Abalos is into drugs. Anjo Yllana, siya yong babaero na seaman. Pero what led sa pagigi niyang babaero? Anong pinagdaanan nya?”

Meanwhile singer Erik Santos who debuts as an actor in Separados is a battered husband. “Erik Santos is a battered husband, a call center agent na nangangarap na maging singer.”

Asked how the singer was considered for the film, Sampedro revealed that he and Santos are close friends. When they were watching 2013’s Cinemalaya 9, Santos encouraged Sampedro to join the indie film fest. The director said he would in one condition: “That Erik has to be part of the cast!”

Finally, the last of the separados—an alcoholic troubled by religious differences with his wife—is portrayed by Alfred Vargas, who also co-produced the film with Sampedro.

Ironically, fate and circumstance bring the separated men together at a church wedding, where one of them takes a second chance at marriage.

Also starring in the film are Angel Jacob, Melissa Mendez, Althea Vega, Sharmaine Arnaiz, Iwa Moto, Diana Zubiri and Sue Prado as the wives. Also featured is Ritz Azul.

Separados is Sampedro’s second outing at the Cinemalaya film festival. His first entry was in 2009 with the film Astig, which won him Best Director.

Separados will have gala screenings at Fairview Terraces on August 2 and at CCP on August 3.