System Crasher, dir. Nora Fingscheidt, Germany 2019, 118 min., 15
Winner of the Silver Bear at 2019’s Berlin Film Festival, Nora Fingscheidt’s scripted debut is a complex critique of the child welfare system in Germany.
Benni is a tormented nine-year-old who is struggling with violent outbursts after the breakdown of her family home. Unable to find a permanent carer or school, Benni is a so-called ‘system crasher’, at risk of falling through the cracks of Germany’s foster system.
Acutely authentic and carefully researched, System Crasher addresses crucial societal questions around childcare and children at the margin.