The Kingmaker


Lark Theatre Fri, Oct 4, 2019 8:45 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Running Time:100 min.
Director:Lauren Greenfield
Producer:Frank Evers
Lauren Greenfield
Screenwriter:Lauren Greenfield
Cinematographer:Shana Hagan
Lars Skree
Editor:Per K. Kirkegaard
Print Source:Showtime Networks
Note Writer:Elliott Breeden


Dubbed "Marie Antoinette with shoes," Imelda Marcos was the First Lady of the Philippines for 21 years, notorious for her lavish lifestyle while her country sank into unrest and economic turmoil. She and her husband Ferdinand amassed a fortune in the billions until they were forced into exile during the 1986 revolution. Director Lauren Greenfield first featured Marcos in her book Generation Wealth, a photographic exploration of late capitalism. Now she offers an unvarnished portrait of Marcos today, having returned to politics in the Philippines despite her past. We see Marcos in her lavish home adorned with Picasso paintings and also on a visit to a children's cancer ward, where she asks her assistant for cash to hand out. Greenfield exhibits the same tender but objective approach she honed in her award-winning The Queen of Versailles, never shying away from those most critical of the Marcos regime, including activists who were tortured and imprisoned during martial law.

Additional Information

Harvard graduate Lauren Greenfield is a photographer and artist in addition to being a filmmaker. She has published four books and her work has been exhibited in museums. She made her feature directing debut with The Queen of Versailles (2012) and won the documentary directing award at the Sundance Film Festival. Her second feature, Generation Wealth (2018), was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for documentary screenplay.