Dito at Doon, the romantic film set during a lockdown, premiered on streaming site Netflix today, September 2. Written by Alex Gonzales and Kristin Barrameda, the film was directed by JP Habac of I’m Drunk, I Love You fame.
The film stars Janine Gutierrez as no-boyfriend-since-birth Len Esguerra while JC Santos plays regular working guy Cabs Cabahug. While Len and Cabs don’t immediately see eye-to-eye, an attraction soon surfaces as they trade words online
Watch the teaser trailer:
Janine’s performance in the film earned her the Rising Star Award at the New York Asia Film Festival last August. In a tweet she posted on August 8, the actress said, “So honored!!!! thank you @NYAFF!! second year to have a film part of your festival and I was so sad that for the second time, we're still unable to attend - but now I'm just filled with gratitude." The actress also thanked the NYAFF for "supporting Filipino films and creatives."
Due to the pandemic, Janine wasn’t able to attend the event in New York but was able to receive her award later on. On August 21, the NYAFF official Instagram account posted a video of the actress receiving her award.
In the video, Janine said, “This means so much to me. I’ve always wanted to visit you guys in New York and attend the festival in person. So this recognition and you sending this (trophy) all the way to Manila is something I’m so, so grateful for. Thank you for supporting Filipino artists and Filipino films and making sure our stories are out there on the international stage. Thank you to everyone who has seen the film and supported we’re so happy to share this award with you. I hope this serves as a reminder you are not alone and we’re all in this together and to the NYAFF I hope in the future we can meet in person. Thank you all again. I hope you all stay safe!”
In an Instagram post on August 23, Janine gave a lengthier “acceptance speech.”
“Happy girl ✨ thank you so much to the @newyorkasianfilmfestival for the Rising Star Award 🤍 so grateful for your support of Filipino films and creatives, for sharing your platform and getting our stories out into the world.
“Thank you to my @tbastudiosph family, @palasyonidaphne, @lexterfavor, @omardarling, Direk @jphabac, @j.c.santos, @victoranastacio, @yeshburce, the writers @alexgonzales23 @kristinpbarrameda and everyone behind Dito at Doon. our little lockdown film is so special to me at mas special pa na maraming naka-relate kay Len at Caloy at sa walang sawang ECQ. as we kept saying nung press days namin for the film, sana magsilbi itong paalala na kung ano pa man ang pinagdadaanan mo, hindi ka nag-iisa 🤍
“This award is especially for everyone who has supported Filipino films despite cinemas being closed for a year and a half now. hindi madali pero andito ka. sa mga bumibili ng ticket online, sumusuporta sa mga streaming sites at naglalaan ng oras para sa mga virtual premiere - salamat. thank you for supporting the industry and everyone who works in it. you mean everything to us. thank you for coming with us on this journey.”
Janine also acknowledged her first film which screened at the NYAFF, Rae Red’s Babae at Baril. “Lastly, I feel like part of this recognition is also because Babae at Baril was part of the #NYAFF last year. forever grateful to team Babae.”