Starts on April 13th!
Nominated for 2 BAFTA awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, and Outstanding British Film!
British Independent Film Awards winner: Best Supporting Actor (Simon Russell Beale), Casting, Makeup / Hair, and Production Design!
Empire Awards: Best Comedy winner!
TIFF: Platform Prize nominee!
In early-1953 Moscow, under the Great Terror’s heavy cloak of state paranoia, the ever-watchful Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin, collapses unexpectedly of a brain hemorrhage. Inevitably, when his body is discovered in the following morning, a frenetic surge of raw panic spreads like a virus in the senior members of the Council of Ministers, as they scramble to maintain order, weed out the competition, and, ultimately, take power. But in the middle of a gut-wrenching roller-coaster of incessant plotting, tireless machinations, and frail allegiances, absolutely no one is safe; not even the feared chief of the secret police, Lavrenti Beria. In the end, who will prevail after the death of Stalin?
5 Stars! “absolutely hilarious…it’s farcical, frightening and a timely reminder that things could always be worse.” (Empire)
5 Stars! “is superbly cast, and acted with icy and ruthless force by an A-list lineup. There are no weak links” (The Guardian)
5 Stars! “a unique and hilarious British comedy…so full of amusing asides that you might not catch all the humor in a single screening. ” (San Francisco Chronicle)