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System Crasher
German Film Festival | 15.10.-01.11.2020

System Crasher ©Yunus Roy Imer/Port au Prince Pictures

System Crasher


Year 2019
Runtime 120 min
Rating NC16 - Coarse language
Language German
Subtitles English
Director Nora Fingscheidt
Producer Peter Hartwig, Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann
Screenwriter Nora Fingscheidt
Cinematograper Yunus Roy Imer
Cast Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Lisa Hagmeister, Melanie Hagmeister, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Maryam Zaree, Tedros Teclebrhan

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.

Awards (Selection)

2019 Berlin International Film Festival:
Silver Berlin Bear (Alfred-Bauer-Preis), Nora Fingscheidt
Reader Jury of the Berliner Morgenpost, Nora Fingscheidt
2019 Les Arcs European Film Festival:
Best Feature Film (Audience Choice Prize), Nora Fingscheidt
2019 Taipei Film Festival:
International New Talent Competition (Grand Prize), Nora Fingscheidt
Taiwan Film Critics Society Award, Nora Fingscheidt
2020 Bavarian Film Awards:
Best Production, Peter Hartwig, Jonas Weydemann, Jakob Weydemann

2020 German Film Awards:
Best Direction, Nora Fingscheidt
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Helena Zengel
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Albrecht Schuch
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Gabriele Maria Schmeide
Best Screenplay, Nora Fingscheidt
Outstanding Feature Film, Peter Hartwig, Jonas Weydemann, Jakob Weydemann

2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival:
Best Actress (FIPRESCI Prize), Helena Zengel
2020 Romy Gala, Austria:
Best Direction, Nora Fingscheidt


System Crasher will be screened at The Projector on Fri 16 Oct at 8:00 pm, on Sat 24 Oct at 5:00 pm, and on Sun 1 Nov at 5:40 pm.