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Three Thousand Years of Longing

Opening Date
01 Sep 2022
M18 Sexual Scenes and Nudity
108 mins
English with English & Chinese subtitles
Comedy, Drama
George Miller
Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton
Dr Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is an academic - content with life and a creature of reason. While in Istanbul attending a conference, she happens to encounter a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom.
This presents two problems. First, she doubts that he is real and second, because she is a scholar of story and mythology, she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. The Djinn pleads his case by telling her fantastical stories of his past. Eventually she is beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both.  
By InCinemas  01 Sep 2022
A romantic fantasy like you’ve never seen before.
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Seven years after his critically-acclaimed hit Mad Max: Fury Road, writer-director George Miller reemerges with Three Thousand Years of Longing, an adaptation of the 1994 short story "The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye" by A. S. Byatt, which follows the story of a djinn who recounts his life after he is freed by a professor. The film stars Tilda Swinton as the lonely professor opposite Idris Elba as the djinn.

The film is probably one of the more subdued fantasy films you would have the pleasure of viewing but don’t let that deter you for it also has elements of romance that is unlike many of its kind. The set and costume designs for the accompanying flashback sequences are impeccable and a real visual treat when cut to from the more bland setting of a hotel room where the djinn begins his story. 

Much of the success of the film is credited to its captivating leads’ magnetic performance and chemistry. The very story-driven plot relies heavily on Elba and Swinton’s delivery of Miller and co-writer Augusta Gore’s engaging screenplay.

Three Thousand Years of Longing is a story on storytelling and would be best enjoyed with an open mind and no urgency for everything to make perfect sense. It also begs the question: what would your wishes be if granted the opportunity?
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