“The Imposter,” which played at Sundance and will screen at SXSW, has been acquired by Indomina Media, which is planning a 2012 theatrical release for the documentary.
It’s a very strange-but-true story:
A 13-year-old boy disappeared 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.
Read Indiewire’s Sundance review here.
Full press release follows:
Beverly Hills, CA (February 21, 2012) — It was announced today that The Indomina Group, the fast-growing producer and distributor of film, TV and trans-media content, has acquired North American Rights to The Imposter, from A&E IndieFilms. Bart Layton’s directorial debut premiered to great critical acclaim at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and will be shown at the upcoming SXSW festival. Indomina is planning a theatrical release in 2012.
The Imposter was produced by Dimitri Doganis and executive produced by John Battsek (The Tillman Story, One Day in September), Academy-Award-winner Simon Chinn (Project Nim, Man on Wire), A&E IndieFilms’ Bob DeBitetto (The Tillman Story, The September Issue) and Molly Thompson (Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Jesus Camp) and Katherine Butler (Tyrannosaur, Kill List) of Film4 and Tabitha Jackson (Cave of Forgotten Dreams) of Channel 4.
Layton’s documentary is an A&E IndieFilms, Film4 and Channel 4 presentation of a RAW Production in association with Red Box Films and Passion Pictures. A+E Networks retains the television rights to the film.
“Few documentaries are able to draw you in and keep you captivated in the way that The Imposter does,” stated Indomina Group Vice Chairman and CEO Jasbinder Singh Mann. “This is a unique and highly engaging story that unfolds superbly on the screen. We’re excited to have it on our release slate.”
Notes Layton, “It’s very exciting that Indomina has come on board The Imposter. We have been particularly impressed by their passion for the film and their commitment to bringing our movie to North American audiences.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Indomina to bring The Imposter to theaters,” said Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network and BIO Channel. “The Imposter is documentary filmmaking at its best, combining a riveting true story with elements of film noir, and we look forward to sharing it with audiences.”
The Imposter 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.
The deal was brokered by Josh Braun at Submarine Entertainment and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. Indomina’s Vice President of Acquisitions, Rob Williams, negotiated the deal for Indomina.
Recent acquisitions for The Indomina Group’s releasing division include Ice-T’s performance movie “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap,” and Sheldon Candis’ “LUV,” starring Common that were both acquired this year at Sundance Film Festival. Additional acquisitions include, “A Fantastic Fear of Everything” starring Simon Pegg and the thriller “Life Without Principle” – the newest film from internationally acclaimed director/producer and contemporary maestro of Hong Kongese action cinema Johnnie To. Upcoming productions include a new live action “Afro Samurai” with Samuel L. Jackson, “Cabin Fever: Patient Zero” and “Cabin Fever: Outbreak.”