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Category: Edition 2019

On her wild quest for love, 9-year-old Benni’s untamed energy drives everyone around her to despair. She is small, but dangerous. Wherever Benni ends up, she is immediately expelled. The wild 9-year old girl has already become what child protection services call a “system crasher”. And she is certainly not looking to change her ways. Because Benni has one single goal: to be back at home with her mommy! But Bianca is scared of her own daughter. Mrs. Bafané from child protection services is trying her best to find a permanent placement for Benni. She hires the anger management trainer Micha as Benni’s school escort and suddenly there is a seed of hope. Will Micha be able to succeed where all others despaired?

Category Official Competition
Section Generator +13
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 119'
Production Year 2019
Nationality Germany
Directed by Nora Fingscheidt
Screenplay Nora Fingscheidt
Director of photography Yunus Roy Imer
Editor Stephan Bechinger, Julia Kovalenko
Production Design Marie-Luise Balzer
Costume Design Ulé Barcelos
Sound Dominik Leube, Oscar Stiebitz
Music John Gürtler
Main cast Helena Zengel
Albrecht Schuch
Gabriela Maria Schmeide
Lisa Hagmeister
Melanie Straub
Victoria Trauttmansdorff
Maryam Zaree
Tedros Teclebrhan
Produced by Peter Hartwig, Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann

 regista Nora FingscheidtNORA FINGSCHEIDT
Nora Fingscheidt was born in Braunschweig in 1983 and spent her childhood in Germany and Argentina. From 2003 onwards she supported the development of the self-organized film school film Arche in Berlin. At the same time, she completed her training as an acting coach by Sigrid Andersson. 2008 – 2017 Nora studied fiction directing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. Her graduation film, the full-length documentary "Without This World" about a conservative Mennonite colony in Argentina, won the Max Ophüls Prize and First Steps Award in 2017. Her fiction debut "System Crasher" has already won several awards at script level. It also won the “Works in Progress” section at Les Arcs Film Festival.

Director's statement
"“System crashers” are children with incredible strength and endurance, but still tragic figures. At a very early age they put all their opportunities of becoming integrated into our society at risk. How much energy does it take to drive so many trained child care workers to despair? What if it were possible to re-channel this energy and use it for positive purposes? […] Children’s violence is a cry for help. Always".


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