"Animation can move, stir emotions and inspire discussion just as successfully as any traditional live action film"

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The Papers – Tärkeitä papereita (Finland, 2013)
Length: 10 min
Directed by: Kalle Kotila
Produced by: Las Palmas Films

Jarkko Martikainen's collection of short stories turned into a short film

Venturing into new and original animation technology, The Papers tells a visually stimulating story of neighbourly relations. The storyline mixes animation and real-life acting in a way similar to the critically acclaimed film Waltz with Bashir, among others.

Experiential and somewhat dark in humour, this short takes a slanted look at modern work routines and life in the office. We see two neighbours work in the same open-plan office. One loves order, the other is a hedonistic slacker. What happens when these two extreme opposites find themselves on a collision course, time after time?

“Finnish animation is now mainly known for children's films, and through the game industry. But the genre is very much on the up both here and elsewhere; animation can move, stir emotions and inspire discussion just as successfully as any traditional live action film,” says the director, Kalle Kotila.

The Papers is based on a collection of short stories, Pitkät piikit ja muita kertomuksia (Like, 2005), written by Jarkko Martikainen, who is the front man for the Finnish band YUP. The score for the animation was written by Sam Shingler of the up and coming Finnish band, The Lieblings.