Award-winning director Giuseppe Bede “GB” Magno Sampedro returns to Cinemalaya Film Festival with his new independent film “Separados“.
The movie, based on a story of six men struggling with the pain of separation, is director GB Sampedro’s entry to the 2014 Cinemalaya Film Festival under the New Breed category. Separados is GB’s follow-up to 2009’s Astig, another ensemble movie that won for him a Best Director award in that year’s Cinemalaya festival.
Starring Victor Neri, Ricky Davao, Anjo Yllana, Jason Abalos, Alfred Vargas and singer Erik Santos in his movie debut as a call center agent who ends up as a battered husband, Separados is inspired partly by GB’s own experiences and those of his friends who were either married or in relationships that, for one reason or another, ended. It is a concept that GB began forming in 2006, a year after his own relationship hit the rocks. Through the years, and subsequent relationships that also ended—including his relationship with Brazilian model turned actress Daiana Menezes—GB refined the concept, adding characters and scenes until the movie reached its present form.
During the press launch held recently, Director GB Sampedro opens up to Orange Magazine about the making of Separados, how the actors were selected, and his own personal experience that leads to his failed relationships and marriage:
The movie shows that men can also be the victims in a separation. “Yon ang di naman masasabing selling point siguro, pero kumbaga ‘yon ang bago, may ibang perspective ka na makikita dito. ‘yung punto de bista ng kalalakihan. Usually kasi, hindi nila tinitingnan na capable pala ang lalaki na masaktan.”
Separados achieves this without making women look like they’re at fault. “Hindi naman bine-blame lahat sa babae,meron din dito likas na babaero na character, pero may dahilan din, may reason kung bakit siya naging babaero, yun nga lang, di mo masyadong ma-elaborate,” says GB.
The cast turned in some very revealing performances. Acting in a story like Separados was a challenge for most of them, especially since the characters they play in the movie are very far from who they are in real life.
Alfred Vargas, who doesn’t just act in, but also co-produced the film, says the Separados journey was a unique experience for him.
“It involved me so much more in the whole filmmaking process,” says Alfred Vargas. “Filmmaking is one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling endeavors I’ve ever been into. I didn’t realize it until I became a producer myself. What’s also interesting is that I gained more understanding of what a professional actor should be when I started producing films. It opened my eyes and made me see the realities and the ups and downs of the industry.”
So far, he says, he is proud to say that he has produced quality films that may inspire Filipinos. He hopes those who come to see Separados will find pieces of themselves in the movie.
“People can expect to see themselves instantly in the shoes of one or more of the separados,” he says. “Separados is a narrative about love, life, relationships, failures and hope. It’s everybody’s story.”
Joining the star-studded cast of Separados are Iwa Motto, Angel Jacob, Katrina Halili, Joel Lamangan, Melissa Mendez, Sharmaine Arnaiz, Althea Vega, Diana Zubiri, Sue Prado, K-La Rivera, Jace Flores, Cris Pastor and Ritz Azul.
Separados will be screened from August 1 to 10, 2014 at different venues of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Ayala Malls Cinemas.