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24. Januar 2019

Munich, 24 January 2019. Beta Cinema picked up international rights to 69th Berlin International Film Festival competition entry SYSTEM CRASHER. Thefeature film debut of writer/director Nora Fingscheidt depicts the story of the adorable but wild 9-year-old girl Benni, who has already become what child protection services call a “system crasher,” driving everyone around her to despair. The Les Arcs Works in Progress winner transcends a psychological study and crafts vibrant and emotional cinema, which evokes remarkable impressions. The authentic drama, starring the highly talented Helena Zengel as lead, Albrecht Schuch (Measuring the World), Gabriela Maria Schmeide (In Times of Fading Light) and Lisa Hagmeister (My Sisters), is produced by Peter Hartwig and the producer brothers Jonas and Jakob D. Weydemann.

SYSTEM CRASHER revolves around a small, but dangerous girl. Wherever Benni ends up, she is immediately expelled. 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 despaired?

Tassilo Hallbauer (VP Sales & Acquisition, Beta Cinema): We are delighted to have secured SYSTEM CRASHER and to work with Nora Fingscheidt. We consider her to be one of Germany’s most talented and exciting upcoming directors. The way she leads her terrific actors and creates emotions in SYSTEM CRASHER completely overwhelmed us. Benni just didn’t let us go for weeks. It’s easy to say that we have barely ever seen a director exploring the complicated and varied psyche of a child in that much detail. But ultimately it’s about the universal themes of love and rejection. That’s why we believe in the great international potential of this wonderful film.

 Nora Fingscheidt comments on her debut: I’m fascinated by children who refuse to be tamed. Once hearing the unofficially used term “system crasher,” I couldn’t get it out of my head and started a long and intense research. During that time I realized that children like Benni have an incredible strength and endurance and that I had to tell a story about them. My motivation for making this film was to sensitize people to this challenging subject and develop a feeling for the confusing number of homes and dizzy disruption of relationships. Children´s violence is a cry for help. Always.

Writer/ Director Nora Fingscheidt was born in Braunschweig in 1983 and spent her childhood in Germany and Argentina. From 2003 onwards she supported the development of the self-organized film school filmArche in Berlin. At the same time, she completed her training as an acting coach with Sigrid Andersson. 2008-2017 Nora studied fiction directing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. Her graduation film, the full-length documentary WITHOUT THIS WORLD about a conservative Mennonite colony in Argentina, won the Max Ophüls Prize and First Steps Award in 2017.

SYSTEM CRASHER is a kineo Filmproduktion and Weydemann Bros. GmbH production in co-production with Oma Inge Film and ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel. Beta Cinema handles world sales.

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Beta Cinema Press
Dorothee Stoewahse
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