Copilul-problema (Systemsprenger), the multi-award-winning debut film of the German director Nora Fingscheidt is playing now in 22 cities in Romania, distributed by Bad Unicorn.
Released in the official competition of the Berlin International Film Festival, awarded with the Silver Bear – Alfred Bauer Award for new perspectives in the art of cinema, dually nominated at the European Film Awards for Best Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role – Helena Zengel, Germany’s proposal to the Oscars and a public success in the country of origin (over 500,000 spectators), Copilul-problema brings to the big screen the story of Benni, a 9-year-old girl who desperately tries to find love. But her unstoppable energy brings everyone at the end of their rope.
”My motivation for making this film was to sensitive people to children like Benni. Ever since I met my first “system crasher”, I have known that I have to tell a story about one. Children’s violence is a cry for help. Always.”, said Nora Fingscheidt, the director.
She is small, but dangerous. Wherever Benni ends up, she is immediately expelled. The wild 9-year-old girl has already become what child protection services call a “system crasher”. And she is certainly not looking to change her ways. Because Benni has one single goal: to be back at home with her mommy! But Bianca is scared of her own daughter. Mrs Bafané from child protection services is trying her best to find a permanent placement for Benni. She hires the anger management trainer Micha as Benni’s school escort and suddenly there is a seed of hope. Will Micha be able to succeed where all others despaired?
Through an extremely authentic approach, Nora Fingscheidt, for the first time in the role of a feature film director, transcends a psychological study and stages a vibrant, visceral and emotional film, creating some exceptional acting performances:
Helena Zengel was born in 2008 in Berlin. Despite her age, she has already appeared in several films, among others, in the lead role in Mascha Schilinski’s drama Dark Blue Girl, screened at the Berlinale, in 2018. She also appeared in the award-winning short film by Simon Ostermann – Route B96, in Looping by Leonie Krippendorf and in Baby Bichka by Anna Maria Roznovska. She is currently filming with Tom Hanks for News of the World, an adaptation of Paulette Jiles’ novel directed by Paul Greengrass.
Albrecht Schuch, born in 1985 in Jena, is one of the most active German actors of the moment. He has played in numerous theatres, such as Jena, Leipzig, Vienna and Berlin. He appeared in film and television productions, and he received an award for the Best TV Comedy Actor, the Best Actor in Police TV Series, won a Grimme Award for portraying a right-wing terrorist and also received the Award of the German Academy for Best Actor in Supporting Role for Kilian Riedhoff’s drama, Gladbeck. He had met Helena Zengel before on the set of Route B96.
”Helena has been involved in the casting of the actors up to the minor supporting role. So, everyone got to meet her and interacted with her during the auditions. And she has a strong personality, so you have to put up with her as a partner on the set.”, said Nora Fingscheidt about the casting.
”During the filming, this was a great challenge for everyone involved – to see the child’s perspective, to remain at that level, to allow them to have spontaneous reactions and to follow them.” – Peter Hartwig, producer.
In Romania, Copilul-problema was previewed in the TIFF 2019 competition, where following the vote of the spectators, it received the Public Choice Award. In Bucharest, the film was previewed at the German Film Days in two screenings, both of them sold-out. Starting with Friday, December 6, Copilul-problema will be played in 32 cinemas in 22 cities in Romania: Bucharest, Cluj, Iasi, Timisoara, Craiova, Brasov, Sibiu, Botosani, Pitesti, Suceava, Targu Mures, Bistrita, Braila, Satu Mare, Barlad, Gura Humorului, Odobesti, Onesti, Sfantul Gheorghe, Slatina, Slobozia, Vaslui.