System Crasher

Benni is a traumatized nine-year-old girl who regularly and violently assaults herself and others. Since her single mother is unable to cope, the government’s childcare services try to find a favourable environment for her. As she is passed between foster parents, shelters and hospitals, it becomes clear that there is no permanent solution, despite tireless efforts of social worker Mrs Bafané. Benni's last hope lies in Micha, an experienced coach for intractable young teenagers. Their relationship becomes very intense, and after a few weeks together in the forest, a turning point appears to be on the horizon. (Teresa Vena, Cineuropa)

Director's Biography
Nora Fingscheidt
Nora Fingscheidt was born in Braunschweig, Germany, in 1983. Between 2008 and 2017 she studied fiction directing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. For her second-year film, “Synkope”, she was nominated for the German Short Film Award. She completed her degree with the documentary “Without This World”, which won, among others, the Max Ophüls Prize in 2017. "System Crasher" won a Silver Bear at Berlinale 2019.

Film Selection: Systemsprenger (System Crasher, 2019) - Ohne diese Welt (Without This World, 2017, doc) - Die Lizenz (2016, short) - Boulevard’s End (doc short, 2014) - Brüderlein (2013, mid-length) - Zwischen den Zeilen (2011, short) - Synkope (2010, short)
European Panorama Fiction · Eröffnungsfilme | Opening Films 2019
Nora Fingscheidt
Germany 2019
119 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Nora Fingscheidt
Cinematography Yunus Roy Imer
Editing Stephan Bechinger, Julia Kovalenko
Sound/Sounddesign Dominik Leube, Oscar Stiebitz
Music John Gürtler
With Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Lisa Hagmeister, Melanie Straub
Producer(s) Peter Hartwig, Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann, Frauke Kolbmüller
Kineo Filmproduktion, Weydemann Bros., Oma Inge Film
World Sales
Beta Cinema
Austrian Premiere
Austrian Rights
World Premiere
Berlinale 2019
Austrian Rights:

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Berlinale 2019

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere