• The Imposter
  • The Imposter
  • The Imposter
  • The Imposter

The Imposter

by Bart Layton International Documentary Film / Competition

In 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay disappeared without a trace from his home in San Antonio, Texas. When Spanish police pick up a man with the same name some three and a half years later, it’s clear to his American family that the traumatised young man must be their son – even if his outward appearance bears little resemblance to Nicholas. And so the lost offspring returns to his parents. However, the FBI agent in charge of the case is sceptical about this wonderful twist of fate... A man of French-Algerian origin with the identity of a blond young man from Texas? THE IMPOSTER documents an almost unbelievable deception. Filmmaker Bart Layton consolidates statements made by identity thief Frederic Bourdin, interviews with those involved and visualised dream-like flashbacks to create a mystery-thriller where the line between documentary and fiction is indistinct, and truth and lies increasingly entwined.


  • Genre: DOC: Social & Human Interest
  • Country, Year: USA, UK, 2012
  • Runtime: 98 Min
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: German
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  • Director: Bart Layton
  • Cast: Frédéric Bourdin , Carey Gibson , Charlie Parker, Nancy Fisher
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  • Cinematography: Erik Alexander Wilson, Lynda Hall
  • Editor: Andrew Hulme
  • Sound: Nick Walker, Kaye Charles Cruz , Brian Albritten, Allen Green
  • Music: Annie Nikitin
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  • Producer: Dimitri Doganis
  • Executive Producers: John Battsek, Simon Chinn
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  • Production Companies: Red Box Films, Passion Pictures
  • World Sales: Protagonist Pictures
  • Swiss Distribution: Rialto Film AG
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