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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 04.18.18] thriller drama

Writer/director Bart Layton has a long career producing and directing reality television but in 2012 he made his feature film debut with the hugely entertaining documentary The Imposter in which a Spaniard claims to be son of an American couple who has been missing for 3 years.

For his follow-up, a narrative feature called American Animals, Layton isn't going too far from the documentary world choosing to adapt the real life story four teenagers in Lexington, Kentucky who tried to get rich by ripping off a book worth ten million dollars.

The plan is simple: break into the archives of the local college and steal a number of rare books. And no, it doesn't seem like they worked out how they were going to unload said books. That's thinking too far ahead for these teens.

The potential for entertainment here is quite high and you just know it's going to end badly for these guys. With the help of cinematographer extraordinaire Ole Bratt Birkeland ("Utopia," "The Crown") and a stellar cast which includes Evan Peters ("American Horror Story") Barry Keoghan (The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dunkirk), Jared Abrahamson (Hello Destroyer, "Travelers"), Udo Kier and Ann Dowd this is looking great.

American Animals opens in NY and LA June 1. Expect further roll-out later in the month.

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