If you’re looking for a laugh, and happen to need it as it pertains to the absolutely absurd world of political power mongering, you’ve come to the right Kremlin.  The trailer for the new Armando Iannucci (Veep) film, The Death of Stalin was released Friday, and it looks truly hilarious.

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The soviet satire comes at a time when our current political climate provides unbelievable and potentially absurd moments of its own.  But, based on what I can see from this trailer, this movie is beyond ridiculous.  Stalin dies, and in the aftermath of his death everyone around him has completely lost their mind in the desperate grab for power and influence.  Desperation makes people do outlandish things.

The movie is, by its own account, ‘loosely based on the true story’ and inspired by the graphic novel by the same name.  Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery) immediately stands out in the trailer as a bombastic general with a sick sense of humor.  See for yourself.  This is going to be fun.  

The Death of Stalin is set to be released in theaters October 20th. 

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 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.

A film that combines comedy, drama, pathos and political manoeuvring, The Death of Stalin is a Quad and Main Journey production, directed by Armando Iannucci, and produced by Yann Zenou, Kevin Loader, Nicolas Duval Assakovsky, and Laurent Zeitoun. The script is written by Iannucci, David Schneider and Ian Martin, with additional material by Peter Fellows.



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