The feature film SYSTEM CRASHER by Nora Fingscheidt (kineo Filmproduktion, Weydemann Bros., in coproduction with Oma Inge Film and ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel) will represent Germany as the official submission for the 92nd Oscar® in the category Best International Feature Film. This has been decided by an independent jury appointed by German Films. A total of seven films were submitted for the selection process.
The nine-person jury, headed by jury representative Frédéric Jaeger (German film critics association), substantiated its decision as follows: "SYSTEM CRASHER develops a pull and power, with a rare emotional intensity. Director Nora Fingscheidt assembles and directs extraordinary talents, creating anxiety, closeness and authenticity with this story that alternately creates anger, sadness and hope. The film is an experience that we highly recommend to the Academy members."
Nora Fingscheidt, director: "We are honored and grateful that SYSTEM CRASHER will be representing Germany at the Oscars®. After winning the Silver Bear at Berlinale, our film is currently on a world-wide festival tour. The overwhelming response of our audiences shows us that cinema is able to create a dialogue between cultures, because it is about being human."
Peter Hartwig, Jonas and Jakob Weydemann and Frauke Kolbmüller, producers: "We are overjoyed with this courageous decision. The universality of the film’s theme coupled with the great empathy for its characters touches a great number of viewers."
About the film:
Foster family, group home or special-needs school: Wherever Benni ends up, she is immediately expelled. The wild nine-year-old girl has already become what child protection services call a “system crasher”. Benni however has only one goal: to be back home with her mommy! But Bianca is afraid of her unpredictable daughter. When there seems to be no place left for Benni to go and no other solution in sight, the anti-violence coach, Micha, tries to break the downward spiral of anger and aggression and set Benni free.
SYSTEM CRASHER is a production by kineo Filmproduktion and Weydemann Bros., in co-production with Oma Inge Film and ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel. Producers are Peter Hartwig, Jonas Weydemann and Jakob D. Weydemann with Frauke Kolbmüller as co-producer.
The production received backing from the BKM, the German Federal Film Fund, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Nordmedia and the Kuratorium junger deutscher Film. German distributor is Port au Prince Pictures, worldsales is handled by Beta Cinema. German theatrical release date is 19 September 2019.
SYSTEM CRASHER has already been awarded several prizes, amongst them the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize & Berliner Morgenpost Reader's Jury Award Berlinale 2019, the Golden Lynx for Best Fiction FEST Espinho 2019, the Grand Prize Taipei 2019 and the Audience Award Transilvania IFF 2019.
The path to the Oscars®:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will publish a list of all international submissions for the category Best International Feature Film in the first week of October 2019. Last year, 87 countries submitted films. Shortly before Christmas 2019, the Academy will announce a shortlist of ten films which will remain in the race for the Oscar® in this category. Five films will then be nominated on 13 January 2020. The awards ceremony will take place on 9 February 2020 in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
About the German selection process:
The German entry for the Oscar® in the Best International Feature Film category is decided by a selection committee appointed each year. This committee consists of representatives from eight different trade associations and institutions active in the field of cinema. As the responsible umbrella association, German Films is charged with the preparation and organization of the selection procedure for the German candidate to be submitted into the race for the Oscar® in the Best International Feature Film category. German Films is not represented in the selection committee.