“The former first lady of the Philippines is revealed as a monstrous, loathsome,
absurdly queenly figure in Lauren Greenfield’s superb documentary”
The Guardian ★★★★★

 

 

Imelda Marcos: The Kingmaker

The latest documentary from award-winning filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles and Generation Wealth), The Kingmaker is centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, and examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family’s improbable return to power in the Philippines. The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda’s present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency. To this end, Imelda confidently rewrites her family’s history of corruption, replacing it with a narrative of a matriarch’s extravagant love for her country. In an age when fake news manipulates elections, Imelda’s comeback story serves as a dark fairy tale.

  • Director: Lauren Greenfield
  • Producers: Frank Evers, Lauren Greenfield
  • Composer: Jocelyn Pook
  • Running time: 100 minutes
  • Production company: Evergreen Pictures
  • Release date: March 19th 2020
  • Festivals: Venice International Film Festival 2019, TIFF 2019, Telluride Film Festival 2019, BFI London Film Festival 2019, IDFA 2019