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17/08/2011: Amigo Lead Actor Joel Torre Addressed Fil-am Press in Phl Embassy in Washington DC

Veteran movie and theater actor Joel Torre (left) responds to a question during the press conference for the movie Amigo held at the Embassy of the Philippines on August 15, 2011. Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. (right) listens as question is raised from the floor.

AUGUST 17, 2011, WASHINGTON, DC – A press conference to promote the movie about Philippine-American war, Amigo, was held at the Embassy of the Philippines on August 15, 2011. The movie’s lead actor, Joel Torre, and the Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. addressed questions from the members of the press and other attendees from the Filipino-American community.

Set in the 1900’s, Amigo depicts the circumstances surrounding the early days of American occupation of the Philippines. The movie was shot entirely in the province of Bohol in the Philippines.

Written and directed by Academy award nominee John Sayles, Amigo tells of the struggle faced by town mayor, played by Joel Torre, when he comes under pressure to collaborate with American troops and to remain loyal to his people including his brother who heads the local guerilla movement. According to Mr. Torre, the writer-director made an extensive research about this part of the historical relations between the Philippines and the United States, including traveling to the Philippines to visit significant sites in the Philippine-American war.

The movie is starred by critically-acclaimed Filipino actors led by Torre, Rio Locsin, Ronnie Lazaro and Bembol Roco and Academy award winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation), Garret Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men, Deadwood) and Tony award winner Yul Vasquez.

Ambassador Cuisia expressed gratitude to Mr. Torre for making himself available to Washington, DC-based Fil-Am media and assured him that he will watch Amigo opening night on September 2nd at the West End Cinema in Washington, DC. Director John Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi will be at the West End Cinema on September 2 for a Q and A with the viewers. The movie will run for a week.

Amigo will also be shown in AMC Lynnhaven in Virginia Beach and in AMC Rio in Gaithersburg, Maryland beginning September 2. -- END