The game Papers, please was the discovery of 2013, at least when it comes to independent titles, and its interesting, cold-war climate from behind the eastern part of the Iron Curtain has now been transferred to another medium. A group of filmmakers, in cooperation with the creator of the game, Lucas Pop, created a short film showing the hard life of a border guard in a fictional Arstotzka. Nikita and Liliya Ordynskiy worked on the film. The main character is an employee of one of the fictitious, totalitarian countries of the Eastern Bloc. His task is to check documents of people trying to cross the border and decide who will be able to receive this honor. His work is made difficult not only by paperwork, but also by his own conscience.
A Cobrastan passport can be seen, followed shortly by the name Jorji Costova. Jorji is a recurring character in the game, who at one point gives the player character a passport for the fake country of Cobrastan. See more »
This is simply the most accurately portrayed video game movie I have ever seen. I feel that this movie captures the feel of the game and touches on the subjects in the game better than any other. Although short, this film is an interesting watch whether you've played the game or not. I highly recommend giving it a watch. It's both short and free, so why not?
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