System Crasher

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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.

Benni has one single goal: to be back at home with her mommy! Unfortunately, her mother is scared of her own daughter. Trying to find a permanent placement for Benni, Child Protection Services hires Micha, an anger management trainer 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.


Writer/Director: Nora Fingscheidt
Producer: Peter Hartwig, Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann
Cast: Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriella Maria Schmeide, Lisa Hagmeister


Length: 118 mins
Format: DCP, Blu-Ray, DVD
Language: German, English subtitles
Certificate: 15 (TBC)


Date: 27th March 2020


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In the lead role, young Helena Zengel is mightily impressive, showing the natural depth of a born actress as she pours her energy into System Crasher The Hollywood Reporter

Distributor: 606 Distribution
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