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Papers, Please: The Short Film (2018)

An official adaptation of the award winning game "Papers, Please" by Lucas Pope.


Nikita Ordynskiy




Cast overview, first billed only:
Igor Savochkin ... Inspector
Evgeni Tokarev Evgeni Tokarev ... Sergiu (as Evgeniy Tokarev)
Viktoriya Tsygankova Viktoriya Tsygankova ... Ivana Robinsky (as Victoria Tsygankova)
Dmitry Lysenko Dmitry Lysenko ... Mariusz Kwasek
Antonina Kravtsova Antonina Kravtsova ... Elisa Katsenja
Mikhail Panyukov Mikhail Panyukov ... Issac Robinsky (as Mikhail Panukov)
Ekaterina Finevich Ekaterina Finevich ... Woman at Checkpoint
Dmitry Lesnykh Dmitry Lesnykh ... Man at Checkpoint
Liliya Tkach Liliya Tkach ... Woman at Checkpoint
Vladimir Voznesenskiy Vladimir Voznesenskiy ... Man at Checkpoint
Pavel Borchenko Pavel Borchenko ... Background
Nikita Ordynskiy Nikita Ordynskiy ... Man at Checkpoint
Ilya Shubochkin ... Man at Checkpoint (as Ilia Shubochkin)
Anatoliy Menshchikov Anatoliy Menshchikov ... Man at Checkpoint (as Anatoliy Menshikov)
Pavel Levin Pavel Levin ... Background
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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.

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An official adaptation of the award winning game "Papers, Please" by Lucas Pope. See more »


Remake of Papers, Please (2013) See more »

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Unbelievable film
12 December 2019 | by npip-61314See all my reviews

The production quality is truly incredible, definitely at the level of a Hollywood hit if not better. The set fully enveloped the atmosphere of the game, each piece had detail and depth. The actors were perfect, the lead actor for the Inspector had an amazing performance, probably the best I've seen in a long time in how he represented his sternness, his emotion, the way he thought throw allowing the last passport, everything. I think the way he grabbed his head at 8:39 was a bit unnatural, but that was a mere 1 second. His performance after Elisa chocked me up. The clothing was so well done, looked just scruffy enough, had the soviet Russian vibe, everything. A true piece of art.

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