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System Crasher

From Friday 27th March

Director: Nora Fingscheidt

Starring: Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Lisa Hagmeister

Rating: 15

Germany 2019, 2020mins

When neon pink flashing images flood the screen, it’s a sign that nine-year-old Benni has lost all control. She screams, swears, hits out and spits. Though she can be extremely violent, the traumatised girl is also lovable, understanding, vulnerable and very smart. Tossed from one foster home to the next, she dreams of nothing more than being reunited with her overstrained mother. Nora Fingscheidt has created a deeply moving portrait of the vulnerability of childhood, asking where Benni belongs, who can help her and how she can be supported. Through the commitment of an excellent cast and with its powerful narrative of a young girl who has lost her place in society, Fingscheidt challenges conventional attitudes towards innocence, systems of support and, ultimately, the role of the welfare state.

"Suffused with sympathy but also a dose of bitter realism and shot with a freewheeling energy." – Screen International

"Nora Fingscheidt’s script and direction are marvels. With SYSTEM CRASHER, she creates a powerful, tense and vulnerable portrait of a child and a system doomed to be incompatible with one another. She proves herself as a fierce directorial force to be reckoned with." – The Upcoming