The Kingmaker

Lauren Greenfield (2019)

Etta Rosales, Imelda Marcos, Bongbong Marcos, Rodrigo Duterte Rated 15 Run time 101 mins

Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos fled the Philippines in 1986 amid corruption and fraud scandals and a host of criminal and civil charges. Now Imelda is back, along with her son Bongbong. Not only is she curiously popular but she is also a political force once again. Her narcissism and lack of self-awareness are set against disturbing interviews with opponents who were tortured under the Marcos regime.

97% – Rotten Tomatoes
7.6 – IMDB

“It’s grimly compelling viewing as Marcos gives filmmaker Lauren Greenfield intimate access to her opulent life and oblivious narcissism.”

“While the film starts in wry fly-on-the-wall mode, it morphs into something weightier and surreally unsettling – Louis Theroux to Luis Buñuel in 60 minutes flat.”

Film Review: Exquisitely horrible portrait of Imelda Marcos – The Guardian