Ploning was screened in France last July 5 as part of"An Evening with Philippine Stars" of the sixth Paris Cinema Festival. Judy AnnSantos attended the special screening together with Ryan Agoncillo(now her fiancée) and the film's director, Dante Nico Garcia.
Last July 20, Direk Dante attended the awarding ceremony ofCinemalaya 2008 (where Ploning was also exhibited). PEP (PhilippineEntertainment Portal) took this opportunity to ask him about the screening inthe European country.
"Naaliw ako dun sa sinabi ni Auraeus [Solito, an award-winningfilmmaker]. Sabi niya parang first time lang daw niya nakapanood ng film festna punong-puno ng tao. Kasi sobrang daming Pinoy. Hindi namin napigilan niJuday, nagpa-picture kami sa crowd. Naputol lang in between, naputol nung lastscene kasi nagloko yung projector. Pero happy ako."
He recalls the praises that Sharon Cuneta said aboutthe movie. "Nandun rin si Sharon and she was crying a lot. Kasi sinasabi niyasa akin, 'Pinamamalita ko na maganda yung pelikula mopero hindi ko akalain na ganito kaganda.'"
The Megastar also attended the Paris Cinema Festival sinceher film Caregiver was included in the line-up of the film fest,which took place from July 1-12, 2008.
"Ang sarap sarap...napaka-fulfilling yung makakita ka ng mgaPinoy na umiiyak kasi, di ba, parang promdi naman yung pelikula," says DirekDante. Ploning is the story of a provincial lass who lived in Cuyo,Palawan during the 1980s and became the mother figure of a young boy.
Direk Dante also shared an anecdote about Ryan Agoncillo whosupported the screening of Ploning. "Si Ryan kabadong-kabado habangnags-speech kami ni Juday. Nagrehearse pa kami sa isang restaurant ng sasabihinnamin. Habang nags-speech kami, kabadong-kabado siya sa isang tabi, parasiyang manager, dinidirek niya kami."
Aside from Judy Ann, the other stars of Ploning areGina Pareño, Mylene Dizon, Eugene Domingo, Meryll Soriano, Tessie Tomas, BethTamayo, Tony Mabesa, Ketchup Eusebio, Ronnie Lazaro, Joel Torre, Jojit Lorenzo,and Cuyonon actors Bodjong Fernandez, Ogoy, Lukas and Cedric Amit. It isproduced by Panoramanila Pictures Co.
Here is the schedule of Ploning in Canada:
Aug 22-28 Scarborough
Scarborough Town Centre
300 Borough Dr.
Scarborough ON, M1P 4P5
Aug 22-28 Downtown Toronto
Cineplex Odeon Carlton
20 Carlton Street
Toronto ON, M5B 2H5
Aug 29- Sept 4 Mississauga
Empire Theatre at Square one
100 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, ON L5B2C9
Sept 5-11 Winnipeg
393 Portage Ave. 3rd Floor
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6
Sept 12-18 Vancouver
Empire Theatre Granville 7 cinema
855 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K7
Sept 19-25 Calgary
Cineplex Sunridge Spectrum
2555 32nd Street
Calgary AB, T1Y 7J6
The producers of Ploning say that screenings will be soon conducted inAbu Dhabi and the United States. Those who are interested to have Ploningscreenings in their area may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org