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System Crasher

Title: System Crasher
Original title: SYSTEMSPRENGER
Format: two hours, HD
Starring: Helena Zengel
Albrecht Abraham Schuch (SYSTEM CRASHER)
Gabriela Maria Schmiede (IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT)
Lisa Hagmeister (MY SISTERS)
Directed by: Nora Fingscheidt
Produced by: kineo Filmproduktion, Weydemann Bros. GmbH in co-production with Oma Inge Film and ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
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System Crasher

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 failed?

Press Quotes

"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."

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

"System Crasher brings a commendable raw honesty to the troubled-child narrative. Helena Zengel's explosive performance captures the irrationality and overwhelming need for love and security that both redeems and damns the girl's chances of success."

"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 talented Zengel has startling maturity as an actress while playing childish."

"System Crasher's nuances elevate the film into something truly cathartic."

"Nora Fingscheidt's debut is daring and fresh and looks like it is ticking all the boxes for a big prize at this year's Berlinale."

"The fact that the film draws you in is due to the impressively talented lead Helena Zengel. With her light blond hairs and the almost see-through teint she seems like a lively fairy."