• The Death of Stalin. Entertainment One UK (Entertainment One UK)Source: Entertainment One UK
Russia has banned 'The Death of Stalin' from being shown in cinemas after officials claimed the dark comedy was offensive.

Reuters, Variety
25 Jan 2018 - 9:54 AM  UPDATED 15 Sep 2021 - 5:53 PM

A Russian culture ministry spokeswoman said the film is being pulled for containing "information whose distribution is legally banned in Russia," according to Agency France-Presse. The political satire was previously set for a limited release in theatres there.

The Death of Stalin depicts Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's final days and the chaos that ensues following his death. The recently released trailer features scenes with Nikita Khrushchev, played by Steve Buscemi, discussing funeral arrangements and Stalin's committee figuring out how to run the country.

The film is directed and co-written by Veep creator Armando Iannucci, who also wrote political sitcom The Thick of It and Rupert Friend, Andrea Riseborough, and Jeffrey Tambor also star. 

Iannucci tweeted his optimism about the film's potential for release despite the ban. 

The Death of Stalin was nominated for two BAFTA Awards for adapted screenplay and British film of the year. At this year's British Independent Film Awards, the movie won four awards, including best supporting actor and best casting.



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Belgium, France, United Kingdom, 2017
Genre: Comedy, History
Language: English
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Chahidi, Dermot Crowley, Paul Whitehouse, Adrian McLoughlin, Jeffrey Tambor

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