Impostor, The (2012): Chilling Fact-Based Thriller

“The Impostor,” directed by Bart Layton, will screen in March at the 2012 SWSX Film Fest in Austin and will be released by Indomina.

The film 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? Any 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 merges leaving you even more on edge.