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The Death of Stalin

Hilarious and horrifying. A vision of totalitarian madness as shudderingly pertinent as it is outrageous.

— Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

A delicious black comedy.

— Sara Stewart, New York Post

Presented by IFC Films | United Kingdom | 107 MINS | NR

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.

Director

  • Armando Iannucci

Producers

  • Yann Zenou
  • Laurent Zeitoun
  • Nicolas Duval Adassovsky
  • Kevin Loader

Executive Producer

  • Jean-Christophe Colson

Writers

  • Armando Iannucci
  • David Schneider
  • Ian Martin