Emmy Award-winning director Lauren Greenfield has found a home with Showtime Documentary Films for her forthcoming feature-length documentary The Kingmaker.
The 101-minute film, which enjoys its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival later this month, documents the Marcos family’s political reign in the Philippines and looks to expose the 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 its civilians.
The Kingmaker will center on the political career of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines who divided a nation beginning in 1965, through personal interviews and vérité footage, and details Marcos’s pursuit of reviving authoritarianism in the Philippines at the age of 90.
Following its premiere at Venice, The Kingmaker will continue through the festival circuit in the coming months, followed by a theatrical release this fall and a world television broadcast premiere on Showtime in early 2020.
Frank Evers of Evergreen Pictures serves as producer. 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 are executive producers.
“The story of the Imelda Marcos, past and present, has achieved an exceptional level of relevance in The Kingmaker,” said Vinnie Malhotra, EVP of non-fiction programming at Showtime Networks, in a statement. “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.”