“A young, discreet gay man from the affluent class, spends five years in a city jail while hearing his case for drug pushing.”
Actor JC de Vera stars in the controversial and timely film Best Partee Ever. His first gay role, and most daring role to date. We usually see a charming, funny, or dramatic JC de Vera, but in his second independent film, we see him in a very different role, a role not all actors are comfortable playing.
“I know it’s outside of my box and, for me, it’s really challenging. Hindi ko kasi na-imagine ang sarili ko na gumagawa ng isang character na hindi ako kumportable. Yun ang first jump ko sa paggawa ng pelikula na ito, na kailangan kong gumawa ng hindi ako comfortable,” he said in an interview.
De Vera plays the role of Mikey – a young, discreet gay man from the affluent class, spends five years in a city jail while hearing his case for drug pushing. Inside the prison, Mikey holds back to adapt to the culture and stratification among inmates. Eventually, Mikey becomes a “Mayor” (ring leader) to a group of gay inmates called Gang-da. Together they thrive to survive the dangers of several gang riots, the mundane, and the decay of human dignity.
Meet the other inmates of HF Yambao’s Best Partee Ever:
Jordan Herrera as Pitik, Aaron Rivera as Marby, Tony Fabian as Ryan Versoza, Shandii Bacolod as Chubyonce, Acey Aguilar as Ramon Bong.
Joining them in the film are: Kristofer King as Jaguanap, Mercedes Cabral as Atty. Victoria Reyna, Angela Cortez as Natalia and Odette Khan as Lola Susan.
Watch the full trailer here:
About the director
HF Yambao is a first-time indie filmmaker. Previous to filmmaking, he worked as TVC director for government advocacies, TV segment producer, and PR/marketing consultant. He studied filmmaking, digital filmmaking, and music video production at the New York Film Academy. He
apprenticed under filmmakers Brillante Mendoza and Armando Lao, both staunch movers of social realism and found story filmmaking approach in the Philippines. Coming from the upper-middle class and having a lens for artistic craft, HF offers to critique and show the diverse dilemmas and issues of the class he belongs to.
October 15. Saturday.
GALA NIGHT. 930PM. Gateway Cineplex 1.
October 16. Sunday.
630PM. Robinsons Movieworld Galleria – Cinema 8.
October 18. Tuesday.
1PM. Gateway Cineplex 1.
6PM. Trinoma Cinema 1.
830PM. Robinsons Movieworld Galleria – Cinema 7.
October 20. Thursday.
4PM. UP Town Center.
6PM. Gateway Cineplex 1.
October 21. Friday.
6PM. Robinsons Movieworld Galleria – Cinema 7.
October 22. Saturday.
1PM. Trinoma Cinema 1.