Bart Layton’s documentary The Imposter debuted at Sundance earlier this year to outstanding reviews, and has been touring a few festivals in the intervening months, picking up ever more critical acclaim along the way – you can read Jamie’s five-star review of the film here from last month’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.
The film took a very impressive $22,000 on its one-screen opening in the US earlier this month, and will be increasing its release in the weeks to come.
“Documentary meets Film Noir in this astonishing true story which has all the twists and turns of a great thriller
It’s 1994: a 13-year-old boy disappears from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive, thousands of miles away, in Spain. Disoriented and quivering with fear, he divulges his shocking story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not what it seems. Sure, he has the same tattoos, but he looks decidedly different, and he now speaks with a strange accent. Why doesn’t the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It’s only when an investigator starts asking questions that this astounding true story takes an even stranger turn.
Like his canny subject, gifted filmmaker Bart Layton pulls off an astonishing coup. Buoyed by eye-catching dramatizations and an enthralling structure that crisscrosses time and place, The Imposter unfolds as a gripping thriller that leaves us dizzy, yet certain that truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction.”
The Imposter will be hitting UK theatres on 24th August, and should be playing in a cinema near you soon, if not already, if you’re reading this in the US. Judging by what we’ve seen and heard from the film so far, it looks like this is one you won’t want to miss. As usual with these new images, you can click to enlarge.