International Competition

The Imposter

Bart Layton
Screening time  
26.02. / Tuesday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 1  
28.02. / Thursday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 3  
02.03. / Saturday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 2  
03.03. / Sunday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 3  
03.03. / Sunday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 4  
In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappears without a trace from 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 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 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 is only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn.

Bart Layton

Bart Layton is a British filmmaker based in London who has directed a number of acclaimed documentaries for both British and American broadcasters and has been a finalist on several occasions for Best Documentary for The Royal Television Society and a finalist for Best Documentary at the Grierson Awards. He is the Creative Director of the leading British production company, Raw. He originated and directed Locked Up Abroad, now in its 9th series and National Geographic Channel’s longest ever running series.

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The Imposter

Great Britain
2012, 95', video

Directed by:
Bart Layton

Erik Alexander Wilson, Lynda Hall

Edited by:
Andrew Hulme

Dimitri Doganis

Produced by:
Raw Production

Festivals & Awards:

Cinema Eye Honors 2013 - Outstanding Production; London Critics' Circle Film Awards 2013 - Documentary of the Year; HotDocs 2012 - Filmmakers Award; British Independent Film Awards 2012 – Best Documentary, The Douglas Hickox Award;  Miami International Film Festival 2012 – Knight Grand Jury Prize; Zurich Film Festival 2012 – Best International Documentary; Austin Film Critics Association 2012 – Best Documentary; Sundance Film Festival 2012; Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012; Warsaw Film Festival 2012, British Academy of Film and Television Arts 2012 - Best Debut Film Award