2010, John Sayles, USA, 128 min.
With Joel Torre, Garret Dillahunt, Chris Cooper
In his seventeenth feature, director Sayles (LONE STAR, HONEYDRIPPER) finds powerful parallels with present-day armed conflicts in a more-than-century-old story of the U.S. invasion of a foreign nation for the purpose of toppling an unfriendly regime. Set in 1900 in the Philippines, AMIGO is a violent and heartbreaking tale of divided loyalties, friendship, betrayal, and questionable acts performed in the name of democracy. A rural village mayor (Torre) is torn between cooperating with the invading Americans and siding with his rebel leader brother. The young American lieutenant (Dillahunt) charged with overseeing the village becomes his counterpoint in conscience when faced with the brutal racism of his commanding officer (Cooper). In English, Spanish, and Tagalog with English subtitles. 35mm. (BS)