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The Death of Stalin

Armando Iannucci

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France-UK-Belgium, 2017, 107 min.
director – Armando Iannucci
producers – Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun, Nicolas Adassovsky and Kevin Loader
script – Fabien Nury, Armando Iannucci, David Schneider and Ian Martin
based on the comic books by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin
camera – Zac Nicholson
editor – Peter Lambert
music – Christopher Willis
production designer – Cristina Casali
costume designer – Suzie Harman
A QUAD/MAIN JOURNEY/GAUMONT/FRANCE 3 CINEMA/LA COMPAGNIE CINEMATOGRAPHIQUE/PANACHE PRODS./AFPI co-production
intl. sales – GAUMONT
nominations:
Toronto - Competition
cast:
Steve Buscemi (Nikita Khrushchev), Simon Russell Beale (Lavrentiy Beria), Paddy Considine (Andryev), Rupert Friend (Vasily Stalin), Jason Isaacs (Marshal Zhukov), Olga Kurylenko (Maria Yudina), Michael Palin (Vyacheslav Molotov), Andrea Riseborough (Svetlana Stalin), Jeffrey Tambor (Malenkov), Dermot Crowley (Kaganovich), Gerald Lepkovski (Leonid Brezhnev), Adrian McLoughlon (Joseph Stalin)

 


A specialist in black humour whose television work includes some scathing political satires and the Oscar-nominated (for adapted screenplay) In the Loop, Armando Iannucci is in his element with this acerbic send-up of the Soviet Supremo and his band of scheming bootlicks. Deploying a wide range of English-speaking actors, Iannucci sends a not-so-subtle message that Stalin and his inner circle were a bunch of arrivistes who wound up at the helm of a Cold War superpower.
The year is 1953. Joseph Stalin seems in hale (albeit paranoid) condition, terrorizing everyone, summarily killing off any suspected dissenters, and keeping even his cronies on edge. That comes to an abrupt halt one morning when the dictator is found belly-up on the floor of his office following a stroke. What follows is Iannucci's version of hijinks: the plotting and jostling for power by a group of connivers who cowered under their boss. All of the top lackeys are in contention - milquetoast Malenkov, wiseguy Khrushchev, bewildered Molotov, thuggish Zhukov, and depraved Beria, with Stalin's drunken son Vasily and jaded daughter Svetlana off to the side. They move with the clumsiness of aspirants not up to the job but desperate for it anyway.
Within the burlesque of The Death of Stalin is a timely allegory about venal, unfit leaders and corrupt governance — the kind of comedy that is Iannucci's specialty. It's not hard to imagine similar, if less bloody, events unfolding in a different capital today.

Screenings:
Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 18:30, Cinema house
Thursday, 30 November 2017, 18:30, Odeon
Friday, 1 December 2017, 20:45, Lumiere Lidl

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