The place is Moscow, the year is 1953 and after being in power for nearly 30 years, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin dies after an inconveniently brief illness. Amid the shock, the members of the Council of Ministers engage in a chaotic bid for power. Armando Iannucci's political satire, starring Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, Simon Russell Beale, Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor and Michael Palin