The Kingmaker, Showtime’s documentary about former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, is set for a world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
Showtime Documentary Films put the spotlight on Ferdinand Marcos’ political reign from 30 December 1965 – 25 February 1986. The documentary is directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Lauren Greenfield known for her work in The Queen of Versailles. It will give audiences an in-depth look at the Marcos family’s long-standing history of corruption, unnecessary extravagance and brutality during the former president’s martial law declaration from 1972 to 1981. It will debut at the 76th Venice International Film Festival which will begin on August 28.
Greenfield, who also wrote the doc, features one-on-one interviews with the widowed Marcos who has also become an influential leader in her own right, resulting in the divide of a nation. Now, Imelda is 90-years-old and is widely considered as the woman behind her husband’s 21-year political reign.
Showtime’s executive vice president of Nonfiction Programming Vinnie Mahotra says about the doc, “The story of Imelda Marcos, past and present, has achieved an exceptional level of relevance in The Kingmaker. 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.”
Producers for The Kingmaker include Frank Evers, 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.
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