Archive of films System Crasher / Systemsprenger

2019, 118 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2019

Nine-year-old Benni is a fragile kid filled with rage against all institutions because she believes they are keeping her from returning home to her mother. Will this young girl, who is constantly running away, find at least one person to love her unconditionally? This energetic yet painfully touching debut won the Alfred Bauer Prize at this year’s Berlinale.


According to her files, nine-year-old Bernardette – or Benni as she likes to be called – is a system crasher, the term for a child whose problematic behavior presents a challenge for Germany’s social services. The fragile girl is filled with uncontrollable rage against any and all institutions because she believes they are keeping her from returning home to her mother and two younger siblings. Unfortunately, her mom can’t handle Benni even when the girl is on her best behavior. Is anyone capable of giving Benni the unconditional love she needs? This energetic but painfully touching debut took the Alfred Bauer Prize at this year’s Berlinale.

Anna Purkrábková

About the director

Nora Fingscheidt (b. 1983, Braunschweig, Germany). Filmography: Syncope (Synkope, 2010 short), Between the Lines (Zwischen den Zeilen, 2011, short), Nose and Mouth (Brüderlein, 2013, medium-length), Boulevard’s End (2014, short doc.), The License (Die Lizenz, 2016, short), Without This World (Ohne diese Welt, 2017, doc.), System Crasher (Systemsprenger, 2019)


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Nora Fingscheidt
Screenplay: Nora Fingscheidt
Dir. of Photography: Yunus Roy Imer
Music: John Gürtler
Editor: Stephan Bechinger, Julia Kovalenko
Art Director: Marie-Luise Balzer
Producer: Peter Hartwig, Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann
Production: Kineo Filmproduktion
Coproduction: Oma Inge Film, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Cast: Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Lisa Hagmeister, Melanie Straub, Victoria Trauttmansdorff
Sales: Beta Cinema GmbH
Distributor: Film Europe s.r.o.


Nora Fingscheidt

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Sales Agent

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