AMIGO comes to Hawaii

AMIGO, the much-anticipated independent feature by acclaimed filmmaker John Sayles, will be distributed in theaters across the United States by Variance Films.

Set during the Philippine-American War at the turn of the previous century and filmed entirely in The Philippines, AMIGO -- the 17th feature film from Academy Award-nominated writer-director Sayles -- features a stellar international ensemble cast.

AMIGO stars Academy Award® winner Chris Cooper, Garrett Dillahunt ("Winter's Bone," "No Country For Old Men"), Tony nominee Yul Vazquez ("The A-Team," "War of the Worlds"), DJ Qualls ("Hustle and Flow") and among the more decorated and respected thespians from The Philippines in Joel Torre, Rio Locsin, Ronnie Lazaro, Bembol Roco and Arthur Acuna.

Rafael Dacanay (Joel Torre) is 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) is the head of the local guerillas, and considers anyone who cooperates with the Americans to be a traitor. Rafael quickly finds himself forced to make the impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by ordinary civilians in an occupied country.

A powerful drama of friendship, betrayal, romance and heartbreaking violence, AMIGO is a page torn from the rarely-filmed history of the Philippines and America, and a mirror of today's irresolvable conflicts.

AMIGO opens for week-long runs at:

August 26

Honolulu Regal Dole Cannery

For up to the minute release information including additional cities and dates as well as group sales, please visit the film's official website at premieres the film's official poster July 6 and the trailer premieres exclusively on July 11.