2017 / English dialogue with Arabic subtitles / Colour / 106 mins

Genre : Biography, Comedy, Drama and Historical
Programme : Cinema of the World
Premiere : MENA Premiere
Rating : 15+
Contains : Adult Themes, Gory Images, Strong Language and Violence

Armando Iannucci

Armando Iannucci is a writer and broadcaster, who has written, directed and produced critically acclaimed television and radio comedy shows. His screenplay for IN THE LOOP (2009) was nominated for an Academy Award. Iannucci created and helmed the first four seasons of the award-winning HBO comedy “Veep” and he is adapting Charles Dickens’ “David Copperfield” for the big screen. THE DEATH OF STALIN is his second feature film.

Key Crew & Cast

Director: Armando Iannucci
Producer: Yann Zenou, Kevin Loader
Scriptwriter: Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin
DOP: Zac Nicholson
Editor: Peter Lambert
Composer: Christopher Willis
Cast: Olga Kurylenko, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Steve Buscemi, Rupert Friend, Paddy Considine, Adrian McLoughlin, Michael Palin


British comedy master Armando Iannucci’s new feature is a gripping, hilarious drama based on the real-life demise of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Unexpectedly, it is as surreally satirical and blackly comic as his other lauded creations, ‘The Thick Of It’, ‘In The Loop’, ‘Veep’ and the wonderfully awful Alan Partridge. A fine cast portray the lunacy and chaos that explodes after Stalin’s messy passing, including the likes of Michael Palin, Paul Whitehouse, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi and Rupert Friend. The searing script, meanwhile, offers slyly pertinent political commentary, with Iannucci skewering the sheer idiocy, craven ambition and doctrinaire oafishness of Stalin’s inner circle.

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