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The Kingmaker

1h 41m
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Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, The Kingmaker 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.

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LANGUAGE : English

Evergreen Pictures


PRODUCER : Frank Evers, Lauren Greenfield
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Shana Hagan, Lars Skree
EDITOR : Per K. Kirkegaard
SOUND : Rasmus Winther Jensen

Lauren Greenfield

Lauren Greenfield

Frank Evers, Lauren Greenfield

R.J. Cutler, Geralyn Dreyfous

Jennifer Craig Kobzik

Lauren Greenfield

Shana Hagan, Lars Skree

Per K. Kirkegaard

Rasmus Winther Jensen

Jocelyn Pook

Festivals Participated / Recognitions

Nominated- Best Documentary Feature- Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Nominated- Best Biographical Documentary – Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Nominated- Best Political Feature- Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Nominated- Most Compelling Living Subjects of a Documentary – Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Nominated – Best Documentary by or About Women – Women Film Critics Circle Awards

Related Articles:

The Kingmaker review – exquisitely horrible portrait of Imelda Marcos – The Guardian
The former first lady of the Philippines is revealed as a monstrous, loathsome, absurdly queenly figure in Lauren Greenfield’s superb documentary
The Kingmaker Review and Summary – Roger Ebert
I have to admit to being concerned when “The Kingmaker” began. Was this going to be a reclamation project for a controversial political figure? Would we be shown that the public image of a woman with rooms full of shoes was really a complex leader?
Imelda Marcos Documentary ‘The Kingmaker’ Banned in Thailand – Variety
It has played for several weeks in specialized release in the North of Thailand and in Bangkok. But Thida Polpalitkarnpim, founder of the Documentary Club, was told by authorities that screenings in the South cannot go ahead.
Will Imelda Marcos Documentary ‘The Kingmaker’ Play in the Philippines? – Indie Wire
She thought that the country’s former first lady, Imelda Marcos, would be just one interview of many in her investigation of the island. But Greenfield, the filmmaker behind “Generation Wealth” and “The Queen of Versailles,” found an eager and compelling subject ready to share her life story — or at least her version of it.