“Reise nach Jerusalem” (the Chairs Game) 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 un- employed 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 profi- cient 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 on market research, and tries to once again take control of her tattered life.
Director: Lucia Chiarla
Producer: Kess Film
Genre: Fiction – Black comedy
Awards / Festival Participations
FILM FESTIVAL MAX OPHÜLS PREIS (Feature Competition, World premiere, Saarbrücken, Germany)
ACHTUNG BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL (Feature Competition, Berlin, Germany) BEST FILM, BEST ACTRESS, SPECIAL MENTION FOR THE SCRIPT, EX BERLINER FILM AWARD
FILMKUNSTFEST (Feature Competition, Schwerin, Germany)
FILMKUNSTTAGE MAGDEBURG (Feature Competition, Magdeburg, Germany) WINNER BEST FILM
NEISSE FILM FESTIVAL (Deutsches Fenster, Zittau, Germany)
3rd TRUJILLO INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Trujillo, Peru)
7th BODDINALE (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany) WINNER BEST FILM
1st NORTH EUROPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – FUSION ISFF (Official Selection, London, United Kingdom)
FEBRUARY 19, 2019
2nd MERAKI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)
17th INTERNATIONAL FILMMOR WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Istanbul, Turkey)
FEMCINE9 INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION (International Feature Length Film Competition, Santiago de Chile, Chile)
42th GRENZLAND-FILMTAGE (Official Selection, Selb, Germany)
GERMAN FILM AWARD 2019 (Shortlist, Berlin, Germany) SHORTLIST BEST ACTRESS
22nd FLYING BROOM INT’L WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ankara, Turkey)