The Death of Stalin

Armando Iannucci

What is to be done? After Joseph Stalin was found unconscious in his dacha in March 1953, the rest of the leadership of the Communist Party reacted numbed. No one dared fetch a doctor, which would also have been difficult because Stalin had banished all his doctors. In the resulting power vacuum, everyone was primarily interested in saving their own skin.

The scheming and power games in the Kremlin are grist to the mill of Armando Iannucci, the Scottish maestro of political satire (The Thick of It, Veep). With a great cast of English-speaking actors, he shows the cynical and thoroughly rotten battle for power that is soon fought out between Lavrenti Beria, the feared former boss of the security services, and the shrewd Nikita Khrushchev. Iannucci's pitch-black comedy is extremely funny, but does not shirk from showing the horrors of Stalin’s vicious regime. Parallels with today’s international politics are obvious. Closing Film IFFR 2018.

Screenings

  • Doelen Grote Zaal
    Dutch subtitles
    Sat 3 Feb Buy

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Filmmaker
Armando Iannucci
Country
France, United Kingdom, Belgium
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
106’
Language
English
Producer
Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Kevin Loader, Giles Daoust, Catherine Dumonceaux
Production Company
Main Journey, Quad Productions, Free Range Films, Title Media
Sales
Gaumont
Writer
Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, David Schneider, Peter Fellows
Cinematography
Zac Nicholson
Editor
Peter Lambert
Production Design
Cristina Casali
Music
Christopher Willis
Cast
Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin