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The Kingmaker

Out of Competition

Director:
Lauren Greenfield
Production:
Evergreen Pictures (Frank Evers, Lauren Greenfield)
Running Time:
100’
Language:
English
Country:
USA
Screenplay:
Lauren Greenfield
Cinematographer:
Shana Hagan, Lars Skree
Editor:
Per K. Kirkegaard
Music:
Jocelyn Pook

Synopsis

Centred on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, The Kingmaker examines, with unprecedented 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.

Director’s Statement

Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines, famed for her addiction to excess, has been an iconic figure in my long-term investigation of wealth through my photography and films. Astonished that she had managed to re-enter Philippine politics after being ousted by a popular uprising, I began filming her and discovered that, at age 85, she remained a skilled ‘political animal’, as her son Bongbong describes her.
Imelda has worked to rewrite the history of her family and replace it with the narrative of a matriarch’s lavish love for her country. In an age when fake news manipulates elections, Imelda’s comeback story is a dark fairy tale. It is brought into sharper focus by a little- known footnote of Imelda’s legacy—an island that she depopulated in order to import African animals for a safari park. The story of the neglected animals’ struggle today serves as a symbol of the plight of the Filipino people, forced to navigate the legacy of decades of corruption.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION: Frank Evers – Evergreen Pictures
1041 N Formosa Ave, Ste 300
90046 – West Hollywood, United States
Tel. 310-234-5312
sara.casey@showtime.net

WORLD SALES: Luke Brawley – Dogwoof
luke@dogwoof.com

PRESS OFFICE: Claudia Tomassini & associates - International Film Publicity
Claudia Tomassini
Mobile: +49 173 205 5794
claudia@claudiatomassini.com
Cristina Casati
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