Screened as part of NZIFF 2023

Merkel 2022

Directed by Eva Weber Political States

Utilising a treasure trove of archival material, Eva Weber’s documentary delivers an intimate portrait of the long-serving German chancellor who became the most powerful woman in the world.

Jul 22

The Civic

Jul 27

The Civic

Jul 31

Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Aug 04
Sold Out

The Bridgeway Cinema

Aug 07

Academy Cinemas

Germany / UK In German with English subtitles
97 minutes Colour and B&W / DCP




Lizzie Gillett
Eva Weber
Sonja Henrici
Sigrid Dyekjaer


Reinhold Vorschneider
Konrad Waldmann


Daniel Greenway


Jon Opstad


Angela Merkel
Tony Blair
Hillary Clinton
Condoleeza Rice
Bernd Ulrich
Christiane Amanpour


Telluride, IDFA 2022; CPH:DOX 2023


Presented in association with

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany - 70 Years Diplomatic Relations

“Eva Weber’s engrossing documentary Merkel is the astonishing story of how a triple political outsider – a woman, a scientist, and an East German – became one of the most powerful politicians in the world.

For years Angela Merkel, the first female Chancellor of Germany, was Western Europe’s most influential leader. Yet despite her historic 16-year Chancellorship of Germany, she remains something of an enigma. Clear-eyed, cool-headed, diligent, and methodical, she put her policies first, keeping her personal life private.

From Merkel’s upbringing in East Germany, and studies in quantum chemistry, to her surprising start in politics and fast ascent, this fascinating documentary creates a rich portrait using a vast array of archival material and revealing interviews from friends and colleagues, including journalists, political allies, and critics.

A thoughtful examination of Merkel’s life and career, from the Academy Award-winning producers of Searching for Sugar Man, her story is told with humour, subtlety, and poignancy.” — German Film Festival Australia 2023

“Through interviews with journalists and former world leaders like Tony Blair and Hillary Clinton, coupled with clips from Merkel’s favorite childhood music and films, filmmaker Eva Weber paints a more human portrait of the woman who would grow up to save democracy.” — Jude Dry, Indiewire