The Death of Stalin
Acted with icy and ruthless force by an A-list line-up.
Director: Armando Iannucci
Cast includes: Jason Isaacs, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Simon Russell Beale, Steve Buscemi, and Paddy Considine
106 Mins / 2017 / UK / France
"Best film I’ve seen for 10 years" – David Quantick
"The Death of Stalin is superbly cast, and acted with icy and ruthless force by an A-list line-up. There are no weak links. Each has a plum role; each squeezes every gorgeous horrible drop"- The Guardian
The internal political landscape of 1950s Soviet Russia takes on darkly comic form in a new film by Oscar-nominated writer/director Armando Iannucci. In the days following Stalin’s collapse, the machinations of senior party officials and courtiers kick into overdrive. Some want positive change in the Soviet Union; others have more sinister motives. But behind all the collusion, backstabbing and strong-arming, the jostling ministers have one thing in common – they’re just desperate to stay alive.
Based on the graphic novel by French writer Fabian Nury, Iannucci’s script is loaded with acerbic, politically incorrect conversation, which is delivered by some of the finest and funniest character actors from both sides of the pond, including Jason Isaacs, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Simon Russell Beale, Steve Buscemi, and Paddy Considine.