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The Death of Stalin

Directed by: Armando Iannuci

2018 | UK | 107 minutes


Friday, June 22, 2018, 7pm


Saturday, June 23, 2018, 3pm


Saturday, June 23, 2018, 7pm

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.

Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival

"Vladimir Putin's Ministry of Culture has banned The Death of Stalin from being shown in Russia. There can be no greater praise." - Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

"It's funny; ten times funnier, by my reckoning, than it has any right to be, and more riddled with risk than anything that Iannucci has done before, because it dares to meet outrage with outrage." - Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

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