AMERICAN ANIMALS tells the tale of the 2004 book heist at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. As the true story of how four middle class college students planned and carried out the stealing of valuable editions of Darwin and Audubon is played out as a feature film, with actors such as Ann Dowd and Udo Kier, the thieves themselves comment their past actions as talking heads. The result is a charming and tragicomic account of a robbery which quickly escalates into being about much more than money.
AMERICAN ANIMALS is in our main competition programme for international fiction, Cinema Extraordinaire.
Bart Layton (UK) Filmography: THE IMPOSTER (BIFF 2012)