'System Crasher': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about the German movie coming to Netflix

'System Crasher' tells the story of Benni, the storm of a girl who crashed the welfare system that is completely clueless on how to help troubled kids


                            'System Crasher': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about the German movie coming to Netflix
Helena Zengel (Kineo Filmproduktion/IMDb)

When 'System Crasher', titled in German as 'Systemsprenger', opened at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, it was competing for the Golden Bear — the highest prize awarded for the best film at the festival.

But the heartwarming story of a young girl placed in state care who yearns for her mother won the Alfred Bauer Prize, an award presented to a film that "opens new perspectives on cinematic art".

'System Crasher' is the story of a troubled young girl, a product of a broken family, who is put in the care of the state as they look for a home to take her in. Here is everything you need to know about the German movie coming to Netflix:

Release date

'System Crasher' releases on Netflix on February 21. 

Plot

A disturbed nine-year-old girl in the child welfare system longs to return to her mother. Benni (played by Helena Zengel) suffers from anger management issues and an overwhelming inability to manage her raging emotions — a result of a lack of tenderness, love, care and nurture at a young age. 

As a result of her issues, she has been kicked out of several care homes and foster homes. Everyone around her gives up on her — care-givers, prospective foster parents, the entire welfare system, nobody sees any way that Benni can be helped.

Except for the highly focused, dedicated, tough-talking caregiver in Albrecht Schuch. Will he manage to help her?

Cast

Helena Zengel

Helena Zengel poses after the closing ceremony with the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives for "System Crasher" of the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palace on February 16, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. (Getty Images) 

As Bernadette/ Benni, Zengel plays the role of the troubled nine-year-old, who having lived through abuse and neglect, faces serious anger management problems. For her performance in the movie, she was nominated for the Best Actress award at the German Film Critics Association Awards and European Film Awards. She won her nominations at Palm Springs International Film Festival and Santiago International Film Festival.  

Albrecht Schuch

Albrecht Schuch poses at the "System Crasher" (Systemsprenger) photocall during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 08, 2019 in Berlin, Germany (Getty Images) 

Albrecht is known for his role as Alexander von Homboldt in 'Measuring the World', Otto Modersohn in the German biographical film 'Paula' and as Pater Rufus on 'Tatort'. He plays Michael Heller on the show.

Creators

'System Crasher' is written and directed by Nora Fingscheidt, for which she won the Alfred Bauer Prize. She was nominated for Best Feature Film Debut at the German Film Critics Association Awards and Best Foreign Language Film at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

She is currently directing an untitled drama film starring Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, Aisling Franciosi, Rob Morgan, Linda Emond, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jon Bernthal, Richard Thomas and Emma Nelson. 

The movie is produced by Peter Hartwig, Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann. 

Nora Fingscheidt, winner of the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives for "System Crasher" is seen at the award winners press conference during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 16, 2019, in Berlin, Germany (Getty Images) 

Trailers

You can watch the trailer here:



 

The chilling yet heartwarming trailer introduces us to Benni, who can literally be handled by no one. Benni is the product of a broken home, of years of abuse as a young child from adults who have wronged her innocence. 'System Crasher' tells the story of Benni, the storm of a girl who crashed the welfare system that is completely clueless on how to help troubled kids.

Where to watch

'System Crasher' is coming to Netflix on February 21.

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