UK, 2011 (MIFF 2012, Documentaries)
Director: Bart Layton
“That old idiom about truth being stranger than fiction is an understatement when applied to Bart Layton's enthralling documentary.” - Hollywood Reporter
In 1994, a 13-year-old boy vanished from his Texas home. Three years later he is found in Spain, divulging terrible stories of kidnap and torture. His family, overjoyed at his reappearance, whisks him back home. Yet what of the fact he appears oddly different or that he speaks with a strange new accent?
In fact, the boy is not their son, Nicholas Barclay, but a now 30-something French serial impersonator, Frédéric Bourdin. The tale only gets stranger when an American private eye discovers the Barclay family itself is playing its own game of deception.
In the vein of Catfish (MIFF 10), The Imposter is a gripping film noir-style true-crime thriller of outlandish twists, audacious lies and astonishing revelations.
“Left my head spinning.” - Twitch
D Bart Layton P Dimitri Doganis Dist Madman Entertainment TD DCP/2011