American Animals


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Lexington, Kentucky, 2004: Spencer and Warren dream of remarkable lives beyond their middle-class suburban existence. They head off to colleges in the same town, haunted by the fear they may never be special in any way. Spencer is given a tour of his school’s incredibly valuable rare book collection and describes it all to Warren. Suddenly, it hits them—they could pull off one of the most audacious art thefts in recent history, from the university’s special collections library. Convinced they can get away with it, they recruit two other friends. Suddenly, the dance of knowing what happens if they cross the line becomes all-consuming.

Buoyed by an exceptional cast, BAFTA Award–winning documentary director Bart Layton (The Imposter, 2012 Sundance Film Festival) makes a brilliant leap into the world of fiction, cleverly utilizing elements of nonfiction to propel the narrative. A true story, American Animals is both a thrilling heist film and an existential journey of four misguided young men searching in all the wrong places for identity, meaning, adventure, and the kind of life that movies are made about.

Fri. 1/19, 3:30 p.m., Eccles, PC
Sat. 1/20, noon, Grand, SLC
Sat. 1/20, 10:00 p.m., Redstone 2, PC
Sun. 1/21, 9:00 p.m., Sundance Resort, Provo
Wed. 1/24, 3:00 p.m., PC Library, PC
Fri. 1/26, 9:00 p.m., Sundance Resort, Provo
Sat. 1/27, 11:30 a.m., MARC, PC

YEAR 2017


COUNTRY U.S.A./United Kingdom

RUN TIME 116 min



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Bart Layton

Until recently Bart Layton has worked as a documentary director and producer. His first theatrical documentary, The Imposter, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive numerous accolades, including winning a BAFTA Award, being short-listed for an Academy Award, and becoming one of the highest-grossing British documentaries ever. Layton has been the creative director of leading British production company Raw for 12 years. American Animals is his first narrative feature.