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Systems busters at the Berlinale : A child is behind safety glass

"Bernadette" does not respond, the nine-year-old Benni, and anyone who touches them accidentally in the face, experienced a rage. Then it is better to simply close the door until the storm has cleared. As systems busters", and Nora began scheidts game film begins debut" – and the first German contribution to the competition. Benni (Helena Zengel) to throw, as on a spit, roaring, on the Playground of their care facility with Bobby-cars. "Don't worry, the window is made of safety glass", calms an educator to his colleagues, watching the spectacle in awe behind the wheel. But the little fury get even the safety glass somehow.

The friend of your mother passes through rigorous: He locks the girl in the closet until the police pick you up again in your family. Mother of Bianca (Lisa Hagmeister) to cope with her daughter's long, she's overwhelmed with the two younger sons. So Benni will not switch constantly between foster families, group homes and inpatient hospital stays when she runs off at every chance in between, back to her family. A Vicious Circle. Benni is a reference person in the state education regime emotional support is missing. All are overwhelmed: the people, the System.

her supervisor wife Bafané (Gabriela Maria Schmeide) is shown the patience of job, but Rejections by the dozen. The traumatized girl is already notorious, but no more than ten years and even as a hopeless case, stamped. Still she was a child, warns of the Anti-violence-Trainer Micah (Albrecht Schuch) Benni, who is responsible for the fact that she goes to school every Morning. "The measures to be crass, will the older You." Micah works mostly with young offenders, someone we Benni, he has not experienced.

The Director can be any distance miss

The 35-year-old began scheidt is originally from the documentary. For the "systems busters", a designation from the youth support for children with behavioural difficulties, which can no longer absorb the network of social institutions, and psychological care, she has researched for many years. Her debut film will waive the right to a documentary Aesthetic. The Director can be any distance miss, is reflected on the side of the child who is feared by adults and his peers alike.

Edward Berger has been trying to "Jack" that ran in 2014 in the Berlinale competition, something Similar to a Film at the height of the eyes of a child, so to speak. The temperaments could not be more different. "Systems busters" can keep up with the uncontrollable girl hardly step: Benni jumps on tables, raster unconscious through hallways and stairwells, enters, and hits like a Berserker, threatened their teachers even with the knife. Started scheidts Film is a Tour de Force that recreates the exhaustion of the mother, the educators and Doctors. The Perpetuum mobile of convalescence phases and violent recidivism produced in its inevitability, a feeling of numbing, the petite Helena Zengel countered with their robust Performance. Zengel is obviously no newcomer, she already has some routines of a coming child stars internalized, the fit but the cheeky self-awareness Bennis.

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"systems busters" is abundantly clear, it should be noted that Fingscheidt tried something other than a social drama from the German province. (The Film plays in the lüneburg Heath, in the former border region, with its Fifties–small towns and this structure new areas.) She tells the story from the perspective of Bennis, i.e. children's film-a touch of romance, mixed with the drab social realism, the Bennis pink Outfits add a splash of color.

For the volatility Bennis Fingscheidt finds visual style (quick cuts and impressionistic, large-scale settings), the "systems busters" a little tried of the "Indie"Aesthetic. The whole of the Film can not decide between social study and adventure movie, including experience pädadogik in the forest. That Benni is beyond the System, is not primarily an expression of one child's life. It also shows the limits of this system.

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Director Nora Fingscheidt From zero to a hundred in the competition of the Berlinale film festival

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9.2., 9.30 PM Friedrichstadt-Palast, 12 Uhr HdBF, 20.30 (HAU1), 14.2., 17 at (JVA Plötzensee), 17.2.,18.30 PM (Berlinale Palast)

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