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System Crasher
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27th Mar 2020
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System Crasher

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Traumatised and neglected, nine-year-old Benni has been kicked out of every foster home due to her violent outbursts. All she wants is to be loved and recover from her tragic past. Can she get the attention she so craves? Directed by Nora Fingscheidt and starring Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch and Lisa Hagmeister, this emotional drama looks at the hopelessness of being what’s known as a ‘system crasher’ in the German child welfare system.

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She’s a nine-year-old with a disturbed past, and child welfare workers are at their wits’ end for what to do with her. Benni (Helena Zengel) just wants to return home and be loved by her mother (Lisa Hagmeister), except her mother sent her away out of fear of Benni’s psychotic episodes.

Having been kicked out of multiple foster homes due to her outbursts, Benni is what’s known as a ‘system crasher’ – a child for whom a permanent home might not be found. When Micha (Albrecht Schuch) is assigned as Benni’s school escort, things could be about to change.

Against convention, Micha decides that what Benni needs is a trip to his cabin in the woods for three weeks for some fresh air, new activities and individual attention. Can this new experience fill the void in Benni’s heart left by her mother’s neglect or will her old ways entrap her still?

Helena Zengel (Die Tochter, Looping) takes on the role of Benni, starring alongside Albrecht Schuch (Atlas, Measuring the World) and Lisa Hagmeister (All is Well, Counterpart). Nora Fingscheidt (Ohne diese Welt, Brüderlein) takes up the directing helm of this German-language drama to lay bare the struggles faced by a stretched child welfare system.

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