Entertainment One / Toronto International Film Festival
If you’ve seen HBO’s Veep or any of Armando Iannucci’s previous British television shows, or better yet, if you’ve seen his first movie In the Loop, then you know how funny he is.
Even so, the upcoming The Death of Stalin will only be his third movie as a director, having reteamed with long-time collaborator, Steve Coogan, in the 2013 Alan Partridge movie in between.
Having already tackled British and American politics, so it was only time before Iannucci set his sights on another country, and what better country’s politics to make fun of then Russia’s?
The Death of Stalin will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival next month, but we have an early look at it through the British trailer below — which isn’t censored, so the use of the F-word is there, in case you need to worry about those sorts of things.
Starring Jeffrey Tambor from Transparent, Steve Buscemi, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, Paddy Considine and Michael Palin (!), the movie is (presumably) a fictionalized account of the Soviet dictator’s last days and the hilarious chaos that ensues after his death.
It will be released in the United Kingdom on October 20, but it’s more than likely that sometime either before or during its TIFF run, American distribution will be picked up by a wise distributor.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor