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System Crasher

English title: System Crasher
Original title: Systemsprenger
German title: Systemsprenger
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Director: Fingscheidt, Nora
Production company: Kineo Filmproduktion, Weydemann Bros.
Co-producers: Oma Inge Film, ZDF
Age recommendation: 13 years and up
Length: 118 min.
Film genre: Feature film

Synopsis:
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.

Festivals:
Berlin IFF 2019 (awarded), Istanbul IFF 2019, Ankara IFF 2019, Shanghai IFF 2019, Taipei IFF 2019 (awarded), Transilvania IFF Cluj-Napoca 2019 (awarded), Molodist Kyiv 2019, Espinho IFF 2019, Jerusalem IFF 2019, Haugesund IFF 2019, Melbourne IFF 2019, Giffoni CFF 2019, Haugesund IFF 2019, Lünen FF 2019 (awarded), Gijón IFF 2019, Just Film Tallinn 2019, Castellinaria CFF Bellinzona 2019, Ale Kino! Poznan 2019, Cineteca Milano CFF 2019, Annonay IFF 2020, JEF CFF Vlaanderen 2020, Buster CFF Copenhagen 2020, Ciné-Jeune de l'Aisne 2020, BUFF Malmö 2020

ECFA interview available

Study guide: Finnish

Study guide: German

Study guide: Norwegian

World sales address/es:
Beta Cinema (DE)

Sold to:
Port-au-Prince (DE)
Cinemien (NL)
Cinemien (BE)