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© Kineo Film/Weydemann Bros./Yunus Roy Imer

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?

While being acutely authentic, first-time director Nora Fingscheidt transcends a psychological study and crafts vibrant, visceral and emotional cinema, which evokes unforgettable performances.

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 filmArche in Berlin. At the same time, she completed her training as an acting coach with Sigrid Andersson. From 2008-2017, she 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.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2019
Director Nora Fingscheidt
Screenplay Nora Fingscheidt
Cinematography Yunus Roy Imer
Cast Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Lisa Hagmeister, Melanie Straub, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Maryam Zaree, Tedros Teclebrhan
Producers Peter Hartwig, Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann
Co-Producer Frauke Kolbmüller
Production Companies Kineo Filmproduktion/Potsdam, Weydemann Bros., in co-production with Oma Inge Film, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Length 118 min
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2019 (In Competition), Istanbul 2019, Jeonju 2019, Crossing Europe Linz 2019, Ankara 2019, Shanghai 2019, Taipei 2019, Transilvania IFF Cluj-Napoca 2019, Molodist Kyiv 2019, FEST Espinho 2019, Jerusalem 2019, Haugesund 2019, Melbourne 2019, Guanajuato 2019, Giffoni 2019, BFI London Film Festival 2019, Heartland IFF 2019, Zurich 2019, Helsinki 2019
Awards Thomas Strittmatter Prize 2017, Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize & Berliner Morgenpost Reader's Jury Award Berlinale 2019, Golden Lynx for Best Fiction FEST Espinho 2019, Grand Prize Taipei 2019, Audience Award Transilvania IFF 2019
With backing from BKM, German Federal Film Fund, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Nordmedia, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, MFG Baden-Württemberg
German Distributor Port au Prince Pictures

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