The Chairs Game

Written and Directed by Lucia Chiarla

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The Chair's Games is a game in which you need luck: you need to be in the right place at the right time – otherwise you won’t get a chair.

Alice, 39 years old, single and unemployed can no longer win at this silly game. The unemployment office keeps sending her to job application trainings. Yet, Alice knows they won’t lead her to stop waiting in line. Hence, one morning she decides to not finish one of them.

Her unemployment benefits are then reduced, and money gets tight. Her parents and friends have no idea of the kind of chaos in which Alice finds herself, since, she is a proficient liar. Her persistent search to be socially accepted cannot prevent her from getting lonelier and lonelier.

She keeps herself stubbornly afloat with gas vouchers, which she gets for participating to market research, and tries to once again take control of her tattered life.

Awards and Selected Festivals

Achtung Berlin Award 2018, "Best Movie"

Achtung Berlin Award 2018, Mentioned in the category "Best Screenplay"

Achtung Berlin Award 2018, "Best Actress" for Eva Löbau ( Lead role)

Achtung Berlin Award 2018, "Exberliner Filmaward" 

Max Ophüls Award 2018, Nominated in the category "Best Feature Film"


Writer and Director: Lucia Chiarla

Editor: Aletta Von Vietinghof

DoP: Ralf Noack

Production Company: Kess Film

German Distributor: Filmperlen

Sales Agency: Slingshots

Cast: Eva Löbau, Beniamino Brogi, Veronika Novak-Jones, Axel Werner

Technical Details

Year: 2018
Production Countries: Germany
Runtime: 118 min
Original Language: German
Subtitles: English