System Crasher

118 mins.
Directed by Nora Fingscheidt
German with subtitles

9-year-old Benni is a delicate-looking girl with unbridled energy. She is a ‘system crasher,’ the term used to describe children who break every single rule; children who refuse to accept any kind of structure and who gradually fall through the cracks in Germany’s child and welfare services.

No matter where Benni is taken in, she is booted out after a short time. And that is exactly what she is after, because all she wants is to be able to live with her mother again, a woman who is totally unable to cope with her daughter’s incalculable behavior.

Made from her own multi-award-winning script, Nora Fingscheidt has created an intense drama about one child’s overwhelming need for love and security and the potential for violence that this engenders.

SYSTEM CRASHER is Germany’s submission for the 2020 Oscars® in the category Best International Feature Film.