System Crasher


An intensive drama about a pre-pubescent girl who actually crashes Germany’s child and welfare system whilst on her quest for love and security.

Dir-Scr Nora Fingscheidt
Prod Peter Hartwing, Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D Weydemann
With Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide
UK Distribution 606 Distribution
With English subtitles

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.

Juliane Grieb

Festival guests

This member of the filmmaking team is expected to attend the festival:

  • Nora Fingscheidt, director.

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Filmmaker’s attendance made possible thanks to the Goethe-Institut London.

Additional information

This film contains flashing images.