THIRD COAST REVIEW: Selections From Chicago Int'l Film Festival's First Weekend of Screenings
By Lisa Trifone
October 17, 2019
The major success in The Kingmaker, a film by documentarian Lauren Greenfield (Queen of Versailles) that boasts many great qualities, is its expertly managed scope. Largely, it’s centered around former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos and her family’s long (and continuing) legacy in that country’s politics. Where the magic happens is in the way Greenfield threads throughout just enough context and backstory about the country’s history, the actions of Ferdinand Marcos’s administration and the current state of the Philippine government, zooming out just far enough to put Mrs. Marcos’s story into gripping perspective.