The Kingmaker

Lauren Greenfield, Denmark, 2019

97 min.Documentary

Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, the film examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family’s improbable return to power in the Philippines. The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and 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. In an age where fake news manipulate elections, Imelda’s comeback story serves as a cautionary tale.
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Original title The Kingmaker
Danish title Imelda – den stenrige førstedame
Keywords Philippines, The, Personal history, Marcos, Imelda, Family history, Domestic policy, Abuse of power, Forcible relocation, Animal parks, Torture, Corruption, Economic crime, Election, 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 2010-2019
Director Lauren Greenfield
Screenplay Lauren Greenfield
Producer Frank Evers, Lauren Greenfield
Director of Photography Lars Skree, Shana Hagan
Editor Per K. Kirkegaard
Sound Rasmus Winther Jensen, Peter Albrechtsen
Composer Jocelyn Pook
Production country Denmark, United States
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut, Showtime Networks
Online release 25.08.2020, Filmcentralen,
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Production company Evergreen Pictures
Co-production Danish Documentary Production
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, DR, International Documentary Association, Utah Film Center
In collaboration with Artemis Rising, Bloomberg, Candescent Films, Impact Partners, Meadow Fund, Secret Sauce Media
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut, Showtime Networks


Direction Lauren Greenfield


Screenplay Lauren Greenfield


Producer Frank Evers
Producer Lauren Greenfield
Co-producer Jennifer Kobzik
Executive producer R.J. Cutler
Executive producer Geralyn Dreyfous
Executive producer Julia Parker Benello
Executive producer Dan Cogan
Executive producer Bill Haney
Executive producer Lilly Harley
Executive producer Patricia Lambrecht
Executive producer Nion McEvoy
Executive producer Patty Quillin
Executive producer Regina Kulik Scully
Executive producer Jamie Wolf
Executive producer Vinnie Malhotra
Post-production supervisor Nanna van Elk
Co-producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær


Cinematographer Lars Skree
Cinematographer Shana Hagan
Drone operator Tao Ahler
2nd camera operator Tao Ahler


Still photographer Lauren Greenfield


Editor Per K. Kirkegaard


Composer Jocelyn Pook


Sound designer Rasmus Winther Jensen
Sound designer Peter Albrechtsen
Sound editor Frank Mølgaard Knudsen
Sound design assistant Mikkel Nielsen
Mixer Simon Ellegaard
Foley artist Heikki Kossi
Foley mixer Kari Vähäkuopus
Foley editor Pietu Korhonen
Foley editor Anne Tolkkinen

Special effects

SFX editor Kasper Janus Rasmussen
SFX editor Jaques Pedersen

Visual effects

Conforming Jaques Pedersen

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