A Raw Production with Red Box Films and Passion Pictures for A&E IndieFilms, Film4 and Channel 4
Premiere: Sundance Film Festival 2012
AWARDS: Winner: Film Critics Award, Austin 2012 | Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Miami Film Festival 2012 | Winner: Filmmaker Award, Hotdocs 2013 | Winner: Best Documentary, BIFA 2013 | Winner: Outstanding Debut, BAFTA 2013
John Battsek | Katherine Butler | Simon Chinn | Tabitha Jackson | Molly Thompson
Lynda Hall | Erik Wilson
In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappeared without a trace from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a horrifying story of kidnap 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 did, 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…Documentary meets Film Noir in this astonishing true story which has all the twists and turns of a great thriller. Just as the truth begins to dawn on you, another truth begins to emerge leaving you even more on edge.
“The Imposter is beautifully shot and meticulously researched....An enthralling and impressively structured film...With complex and fascinating characters.”
"...the true story behind "The Imposter" is crazy compelling. Definitely an example of a 'you can't make this stuff up' doc."
“…atmospheric re-enactments and stark, soul-baring interviews to explore a mind-boggling case of false identity. The compelling treatment [and] unnerving portrait of identity manipulation proves rich enough to inspire a wide range of debates over the motives of the various characters involved.”