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Sayles’ goes in-depth on his new novel. Plus: the trailer for his newest film!
While Amazon has been holding my shipment of John Sayles’ epic new novel A Moment In The Sun for two weeks now (stupid free shipping!), Mr. Sayles himself has been busy out on the press circuit. Just last week he appeared on Kcrw’s bookworm program. While the program might be a little too bookworm-y for some of you, it’s an enlightening conversation with Sayles and really has me wishing Amazon would quit futzing around with my order and get it to my door Asap. You can check out the interview right here.
When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer (Chris Cooper) to help the Americans in »
The film stars Chris Cooper (Adaptation) and Garret Dillahunt (Winter’S Bone) as the representation of the American army occupying the Philippines in 1900. Don’t hold the fact that the trailer is terrible against the film as the idea, acting & directing talent, behind the film are all fantastic, especially with Dillahunt having, what looks like, the most feature film screen time he has so far.
Here’s the official synopsis;
Amigo, the 17th feature film from Academy Award-nominated writer-director John Sayles, stars legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre as Rafael, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War. When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer (Chris Cooper) to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla fighters. But Rafael’s brother (Ronnie Lazaro »
- Paul Koren
Amigo is the latest film from award-winning writer-director John Sayles, and is set during the Philippine-American War in 1900. It stars Chris Cooper, DJ Qualls, Garret Dillahunt, Joel Torre, Yul Vazquez, Ronnie Lazaro. When U.S. troops garrison his village, Rafael comes under pressure to collaborate from the blood-and-guts Colonel Hardacre (Chris Cooper) as he tries not to betray his people, especially his brother Simón (Ronnie Lazaro), head of the local Filipino guerrillas. A sympathetic American lieutenant (Garret Dillahunt) learns that 'hearts and minds' cannot be won at gunpoint. A devious Spanish friar (Yul Vazquez) thwarts communications with his spiteful intrigues. Rafael is forced to make the near impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by civilians in an occupied country. Friendship and betrayal, romance and heart-breaking »
There aren't many directors like John Sayles. The man may have begun his career working for Roger Corman, and he has made a living doing studio rewrite gigs (many uncredited) over the years. But he has also carved out a unique career as a director of films that aren't quite like those made by anyone else. He had a great run of films from the mid-'80s to the late '90s (Matewan, Eight Men Out, City of Hope, Passion Fish, The Secret of Roan Inish, Lone Star and Men With Guns) and has made several films with the great actor Chris Cooper. Their latest is Amigo, set during the Philippine-American war. The film premiered to mixed reception at Tiff last year, and now you can see the latest trailer below. Sadly, this trailer is pretty terrilbe -- the voiceover is awful, and the way the footage is cut underscores »
- Russ Fischer
After a poster debut earlier this week, the first trailer for John Sayles‘ Amigo has landed just as expected. I missed the premiere of the war story starring Joel Torre, Chris Cooper, Garret Dillahunt and D.J. Qualls at Toronto International Film Festival last year, but it has been picked by Variance Films for distribution. It looks a bit like a TV movie and I haven’t heard the greatest of things, but you can see it in limited release later this summer. Check out the trailer below or at Apple in HD.
Amigo, the 17th feature film from Academy Award-nominated writer-director John Sayles, stars legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre as Rafael, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War. When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer (Chris Cooper) to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla fighters. »
- Jordan Raup
One of the films I missed at Toronto International Film Festival last year was the world premiere of John Sayles‘ war story Amigo. Starring Joel Torre, Chris Cooper, Garret Dillahunt and D.J. Qualls, I didn’t hear the greatest things about it, but considering the director’s body of work I definitely want to check it out when it hits limited release later this summer. Fandango has just premiered a beautiful first poster, which can be seen below and expect a trailer very soon.
Celebrated writer and director John Sayles uses America’s occupation of the Philippines at the dawn of the 20th Century as an analogy for several more recent political and military blunders in this period drama. It’s 1900, and Rafael (Joel Torre) is the leader of a village in the Philippine countryside. Rafael is well respected by the locals for his sense of decency and fair play, »
- Jordan Raup
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