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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.
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
Runtime 118 min
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 New Directors New Films Espinho 2019, Jerusalem 2019, Haugesund 2019, Melbourne 2019, Guanajuato 2019, Giffoni 2019, BFI London Film Festival 2019, Heartland IFF 2019, Zurich 2019, Helsinki 2019, Gent 2019, Montreal Nouveau Cinema 2019, Mumbai 2019, Ulaanbaatar 2019, Sao Paulo 2019, CPH PIX Copenhagen 2019, Gijon 2019, Philadelphia 2019, Cambridge 2019, Heartland IFF 2019, Black Nights Tallinn 2019, Kolkata 2019, Les Arcs 2019, Energa Camerimage 2019, Arras 2019, Cork 2019, Goa 2019, Havana 2019, Rio de Janeiro 2019, Palm Springs 2020, Göteborg 2020, Santa Barbara 2020, Bengaluru 2020, FICCI Cartagena 2020, FIRST International Film Festival Xining 2020, FIRST Xining 2020
Awards Thomas Strittmatter Prize 2017, Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize & Berliner Morgenpost Reader's Jury Award Berlinale 2019, Golden Lynx for Best Fiction FEST New Directors New Films Espinho 2019, Grand Prize Taipei 2019, Audience Award Transilvania IFF 2019, best Film in the Focus Zurich 2019, Best Premiere Narrative Feature Award Heartland IFF 2019, Jury Award: Best Fiction Film Sao Paulo 2019, Audience Award Les Arcs 2019, FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress in an International Feature Film: Helena Zengel Palm Springs 2020, German Film Awards 2020: Best Feature Film (Gold), Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Leading Actor, Best Editing, Best Sound Design
With backing from BKM, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, MOIN 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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