“Insanely funny! The political satire we need right now!” —L.A. Weekly. The internal political landscape of 1950’s Soviet Russia takes on darkly comic form in a new film by Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer/director Armando Iannucci (IN THE LOOP). In the days following Stalin’s collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive. Steve Buscemi, with his distinctively New York accent, heads a hilarious cast of deadpan mostly British actors, including Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough and Jeffrey Tambor—but what the heck—they’re all supposed to be Russians. Sort of….
“Like Orwell on helium, this reimagining of Stalin’s demise and the subsequent ideological gymnastics of his scheming acolytes is daring, quick-fire and appallingly funny.” —Time Out London. R. 106 Min.