System Crasher

Dir: Nora Fingscheidt
Cast: Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch
119mins   2019   Germany   15   German    Subtitled    F-Rated

Cinecity The Brighton Film Festival

Wild and troubled, 9-year-old Benni keeps getting expelled from one foster home after another due to her uncontrollable aggression. Too young to be held in treatment programmes and too violent to stay in group homes, she is a ‘system crasher’ – the unofficial, controversial name given to children who slip through the cracks of the German Child Protective Services. But all is not lost, and thanks to a caring child care worker, a seed of hope appears as Benni is given an anger management trainer to escort her to school and help during the days.

'A well-made psychological drama' - Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

Followed by a Cinemas of the Mind panel discussion with:
Penelope Leach, Psychologist and author of Your Baby and Child
Dr Jake Harvey, Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr Leslie Ironside, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Sue Ostmo, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
Jenny Leeburn, Arts Forum of Psychotherapy Sussex