SENECA - On the Creation of Earthquakes


Rome in 65 AD, the philosopher Seneca has been Emperor Nero‘s teacher, mentor and close advisor since childhood, he is significantly involved in his ascent. Nevertheless, Nero gets weary of Seneca and Nero uses a foiled attack on his life to falsely accuse Seneca of being an accomplice. While throwing a decadent party at his farmhouse, Seneca receives his surprising death sentence of Emperor Nero, delivered by a messenger. He must be dead by morning. He accepts his fate and, like Socrates, wants to depart from life after proffering a final lesson of his life philosophy to his followers. This last night becomes his final test: Who is he really? An opportunist, hypocrite and collaborator or, according to his selfimage, a morally upright, wise man looking death in the face without any fear?

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"Roman history is fused with modern day politics in this stylistically superior piece of Cinema." Rolling Stone

Title SENECA - On the Creation of Earthquakes
Original Title Seneca
Directed by Robert Schwentke
Starring John Malkovich, Tom Xander, Geraldine Chaplin, Louis Hofmann, Lilith Stangenberg, Samuel Finzi, Mary-Louise Parker, Andrew Koji, Julian Sands, Alexander Fehling, Wolfram Koch, Annika Meier, Samia Chancrin
Genre Historical Drama, Comedy
Running time 110 min
Language English
Nationality Germany, Morocco
Scriptwriter Robert Schwentke, Matthew Wilder
Cinematographer Benoît Debie
Produced by Filmgalerie 451 GmbH & Co. KG in co-production with Gretchen Film, Kasbah Films, ZDF/ARTE , Dropkick pictures
Local Release 2023 - March 23 (Germany)
Film Status Completed

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