U.S. distributor The Indomina Group has acquired North American rights to Bart Layton’s hit Sundance documentary The Imposter (pictured) from A&E IndieFilms.
The documentary, which plays next month at SXSW in Texas, tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who disappeared without a trace from San Antonio in 1994.
Three and a half years later he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain, offering a story of kidnap and torture. While his family is initially overjoyed to bring him home, events quickly take an unexpected twist.
The Imposter was produced by Dimitri Doganis and exec produced by John Battsek (One Day in September); Simon Chinn (Man on Wire); A&E IndieFilms’ Bob DeBitetto (The Tillman Story) and Molly Thompson (Jesus Camp); Katherine Butler (Kill List) of Film4 and Tabitha Jackson (Cave of Forgotten Dreams) of UK net Channel 4.
The film is made by Raw Productions in association with Red Box Films and Passion Pictures, and A+E Networks retains the TV rights to the film. Indomina is planning a theatrical release for the film later this year.
“Few documentaries are able to draw you in and keep you captivated in the way that The Imposter does,” said Indomina Group vice chairman and CEO Jasbinder Singh Mann in a statement. “This is a unique and highly engaging story that unfolds superbly on the screen.”
Layton added of Indomina: “We have been particularly impressed by their passion for the film and their commitment to bringing our movie to North American audiences.”
The deal was brokered by Josh Braun at Submarine Entertainment and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. Indomina’s VP of acquisitions Rob Williams negotiated the deal for the distributor.