The doc from Emmy-winning director Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles) will make its world premiere at the festival this month.
The Kingmaker explores and exposes the Marcos family’s long history of corruption, extravagance and brutality, including Calauit Island, a safari park that favors the well-being of its exotic animals to the detriment of the people living there.
The film is written and directed by Greenfield. It includes one-on-one interviews with Imelda Marcos, the country’s former first lady and powerful leader in her own right, who divided a nation. Now 90, she continues to influence the revival of authoritarianism in the Philippines.
“The story of Imelda Marcos, past and present, has achieved an exceptional level of relevance in The Kingmaker,” said Vinnie Malhotra, EVP Nonfiction Programming at Showtime Networks. “Lauren Greenfield’s tireless efforts give dimension to a figure who has at once fascinated and vexed not only the people of the Philippines but people worldwide. The result is as riveting as it is enlightening.”
The Kingmaker is produced by Frank Evers of Evergreen Pictures for Showtime. Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, R.J. Cutler, Geralyn Dreyfous, Bill Haney, Lilly Hartley, Patricia Lambrecht, Nion McEvoy, Regina K. Scully, Jeffrey Tarrant and Jamie Wolf serve as executive producers.
The film will be released in theaters this fall and debut on Showtime in early 2020.