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Sundance and SXSW Factual Thriller 'The Imposter' Goes to Indomnia; Reviews

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by Sophia Savage
February 21, 2012 5:03 PM
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"The Imposter"
"The Imposter"

The Indomina Group has picked up A&E IndieFilms' "The Imposter" for North American distribution. The Sundance entry is also set to play SXSW. Check out the synopsis for the factual thriller below. “Few documentaries are able to draw you in and keep you captivated in the way that 'The Imposter' does,” says Indomina's Jasbinder Singh Mann.

The film was produced by Dimitri Doganis and executive produced by John Battsek ("The Tillman Story," "One Day in September"), Academy-Award-winner Simon Chinn ("Project Nim," "Man on Wire"), A&E IndieFilms’ Bob DeBitetto ("The Tillman Story," "The September Issue") and Molly Thompson ("Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer," "Jesus Camp") and Katherine Butler ("Tyrannosaur," "Kill List") of Film4 and Tabitha Jackson ("Cave of Forgotten Dreams") of Channel 4.

The Imposter is a chilling factual thriller that chronicles the story of a 13-year-old boy who disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas in 1994.  Three and a half years later he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a story of kidnapping and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The boy bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always had, but why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look so different? And why doesn’t the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It’s only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn.
 
The stranger-than-fiction mystery, which features many twists and turns, is told in a cinematic language that combines documentary and stylized visualizations. Perception is challenged at every turn, and just as the truth begins to dawn on you, another truth emerges leaving you even more on edge.

Here's The Guardian:

"This documentary begins in mystery and ends in horror -- a disturbing vision of the lengths we go to, to fool ourselves."

THR:

"Documentary seems an inadequate term to describe Bart Layton's densely plotted true-crime thriller, which mixes interviews with dramatizations to tell the gripping story of a 23-year-old French-Algerian who assumed the identity of a Texan teenager."

The Playlist:

"A documentary about a family stricken with tragedy that unwittingly takes in a con artist, director Bart Layton tells an almost too-amazing-to-be-true story that creates a truth, establishes sympathies and then razes everything we think we know. A remarkable, entertaining and even sometimes shocking film, 'The Imposter' utilizes reenactments and first-person interview footage to create a vivid account of a story whose actual details seem impossible to parse out from an entanglement of the participants’ recollections, feelings and most unexpectedly of all, their hopes about what actually happened."

1 Comment

  • jingmei | February 21, 2012 9:46 PMReply

    That's just weird this true event has already been adapted into a motion picture Le caméléon(2010) (The Chameleon) réalisé par (directed by) Jean-Paul Salomé. Acteurs : (starring) Marc-André Grondin, Famke Janssen, Ellen Burkin. Dunno a Doc. what's gonna be like.

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