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System Crasher

Thanks to our screening partner access>CINEMA and 606 Distribution we are delighted to be able to bring you the award-winning System Crasher digitally.

The Civic staff are going to watch it at 8pm on Sunday evening, please join us for an after the film for a chat via Zoom!

You will get the opportunity to select CIVIC THEATRE as an arts centre to support and in doing this, we will receive a 10% of the rental fee and you will be directly supporting our future film programme. We greatly appreciate your support.


Meet 9-year-old Benni: bright, charming and out of control. In the care system because of her violent outbursts, her own mother is afraid of her, and despite the attempts of a well-meaning team of care workers, nobody seems to be able to reach her.

All Benni really wants is to go home to her family, but as her rages intensify, this seems less and less likely. Hope comes in the form of school chaperone Micha, whose tough love and own troubled past help connect him with Benni.

Featuring a startling performance from Helena Zengel as Benni, this first feature is a disarming look at a child in trouble who is caught up in a system unable to cope.

Winner – Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize, Berlin International Film Festival 2019

Germany’s submission to the 92nd Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film

Director: Nora Fingscheidt

Cast: Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide

“Suffused with sympathy but also a dose of bitter realism and shot with a free wheeling energy,System Crasher is an admirable distillation of a tough subject … ”-Lee Marshall, Screen International

“The talented Zengel …has startling maturity as an actress while playing childish. It’s the realism she brings to Benni…that gives the film its most intense and affecting scenes.”-Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter


  • Available Now // 2020
  • Online
  • £9.99 (€11.40 approx)
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