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Merkel Documentary lands on Netflix

March 2, 2023

After successfully premiering at Telluride Film Festival and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Merkel has now dropped on Netflix!

From Director Eva Weber and Producers Lizzie Gillett, Sonja Henrici, Sigrid Dyekjær, Eva Weber and Line Producer Sam Payne, Merkel tells the astonishing story of how a triple political outsider – a woman, a scientist, and an East German – became one of the most successful politicians in the world.

After being elected as Germany’s first female Chancellor in 2005, Angela Merkel became Europe’s most popular and powerful leader, remaining in office until choosing not to stand for re-election in 2021. Yet despite her historic 16-year Chancellorship, Merkel remains something of an enigma, with the international public knowing very little about her.

Using archival material and revealing interviews with Merkel’s friends and colleagues, this feature-length documentary creates a rich portrait, from her upbringing behind the iron curtain in the former DDR (East Germany), studies in quantum chemistry, her surprising start in politics and fast ascent. 

She was underestimated. She was continually underestimated. Not just as a politician, but also as a woman.” – Melissa Eddy, Berlin Correspondent for The New York Times.

She saw politics as a way of solving problems.” — Hillary Rodham Clinton.

We are delighted to have delivered picture post for Merkel, overseen by Senior Post Producer Jeff Halsey. Our Senior Colourist Andy Lee graded the film with Andrew Fisun providing the Online Edit. Delivering the film in time for Telluride in the summer added some excitement and we were pleased to be able to support the film by attending the European premiere at the prestigious Tuschinski Cinema for IDFA in Amsterdam. 

Merkel is Produced by Passion Pictures, in association with Odd Girl Out Productions, Screen Scots, LOOKsfilm, Real Lava, Curzon and others, with backing from the Curzon CM Development Fund and the BFI’s Global Screen Fund.