Derby Film Festival Presents
System Crasher (Adv 15) – Preview Screening + Short
Sunday 17th November / 6:20pm
Wild and troubled 9-year-old Benni (Helena Zengel) 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 day.
“The film’s best takeaway is the exceptional, no-holds barred performance of Zengel, who throws herself into the anarchic role with impressive abandon. Effortlessly flipping from angelic dissimulation to all-out psychosis, the young actress has a haunting presence that even at her calmest, never completely hides the turmoil within.” – Variety
For fans of Mustang (2015), The Apple (1998), Cria Cuervos (1976), Kes (1969),
£9.50 standard. £7.00 concessions. Free for Derby Film Festival Passholders.
+ Short Film
(Dir: Mark Corden, UK, 2019, 19 mins)
A woman gets stuck in a lift with the engineer that is fixing it, only to discover it’s the man she had a one-night-stand with recently. As the awkwardness manifests, it becomes clear they both have very different interpretations of the events that unfolded that night.