It was announced yesterday that the Sundance documentary The Imposter from director Bart Layton had been picked up by the Indomina Group and would be released later this year. The film was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival where it carried the following description:
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.
If you so desire, you can learn more about the actual story by clicking here and learning the identity of the individual at the center of the story. I don’t think I need to spoil that part of it for anyone that would like to go in with a little additional mystery.
Today a trailer has arrived online courtesy of A&E who is working with Indomina to bring it to the States. Give it a watch below and tell me you aren’t intrigued. There’s a mixture of documentary storytelling with dramatic flare in this trailer alone that has me itching to see it.
Hopefully a new one will be made available soon.
As far as reviews out of Sundance are concerned, Damon Wise at the Guardian says, “This documentary begins in mystery and ends in horror — a disturbing vision of the lengths we go to, to fool ourselves.”
I want to see it now.