The Imposter

Director: Bart Layton
99 mins Film4 Archive

Bart Layton's gripping documentary-thriller.

In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappears without 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. His family are 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...


The Imposter received the award for Best Debut By A British Director (Bart Layton) at the British Academy Film Awards.