The two ABS-CBN stars graced the May 22 world premiere of the movie during the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in France.
Directed by Lav Diaz, Ang Hupa (international title: The Halt) was also represented by its stars Mara Lopez, Pinky Amador, and Hazel Orencio.
They joined the Filipino delegation of Ang Hupa, which was selected to be part of the non-competitive section called the Directors' Fortnight.
Film Development Council of the Philippines chair Liza Diño posted photos of the red-carpet event on her Facebook account and wrote in the caption: "ATM: World Premiere of Lav Diaz's THE HALT (Ang Hupa), The Philippines' entry in this year's Cannes Directors Fortnight. The cast is finally here to represent the film."
Director Lav Diaz was unable to attend the world premiere but he sent a speech that was read by Hazel Orencio:
Part of Direk Lav's speech goes: "The majority of the world's populace now doesn't trust the future. There is an urgency now to reclaim that trust."
The four-and-a-half-hour science fiction movie is set in the year 2034. Ang Hupa revolves around Southeast Asia, which has been "in the dark for the last three years, literally, because the sun hasn't shone as a result of massive volcanic eruptions at the Celebes Sea in 2031. Madmen control countries, communities, enclaves and bubble cities. Cataclysmic epidemics razed over the continent. Millions have died and millions have left."
In February 2018, Piolo and Shaina also walked the red carpet together for the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.
Back then, the Kapamilya stars represented their film Panahon ng Halimaw. This Lav Diaz film, also known as Season of the Devil, was an official entry to the main competition of the Berlinale.
Piolo and Shaina top-bill Ang Hupa, which is co-produced by Spring Films and Sine Olivia Pilipinas and distributed by ARP Selection of France.
Piolo Pascual has worked with Lav Diaz in three films already: Ang Hupa (2019), Panahon ng Halimaw (2018), and Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (2016).
On her Instagram account, Shaina wrote: "Proudly wearing all Pinoy designers for our official events."