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The Kingmaker

Directed by Lauren Greenfield

USA | Documentary | 102

3 Nov
Sun, Nov 3, 2019 at 5:45 pm

Guests Expected

Director Lauren Greenfield is expected to attend.


“I always got my way,” says Imelda Marcos in Lauren Greenfield’s eye-opening portrait of the notorious First Lady of the Philippines. Whether she’s patronizingly tossing money to kids from her chauffeured car, claiming the benefits of her husband’s declaration of martial law, or creating her own island zoo that she neglects, this remarkable documentary presents a narcissistic and self-deluded political figure (ring any bells?) who is presently angling for a return to leadership through her son Ferdinand “Bongbong,” and using any means at her disposal to do so.

“What Greenfield’s subjects never seem to grasp is how her work manages to flatter them, captured in all their blinged-out excess, while striking outsiders as satirical and shocking. Certainly, Marcos is image-conscious enough to recognize that granting Greenfield such access could backfire in a big way. Still, her vanity and ambition get the better of her, resulting in the juiciest insider look at a corrupt world leader since Barbet Schroeder’s General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait (1974).” —Peter Debruge, Variety

Director Lauren Greenfield

A photographer as well as a filmmaker, Lauren Greenfield made her documentary feature debut with Thin (2006), the winner of the Grierson Award at the London Film Festival. She subsequently made Kids + Money (2008), The Queen of Versailles (SFFILM Festival 2012), and Generation Wealth (SFFILM Festival 2018).

Film Details

Language English

Year 2019

Runtime 102

Country USA/Denmark

Director Lauren Greenfield

Producer Frank Evers, Lauren Greenfield

Editor Per K. Kirkegaard

Cinematographer Shana Hagan, Lars Skree

Music Jocelyn Pook

Print Source Showtime Documentary Films