Three Thousand Years of Longing
01 Sep 2022
Drama, Fantasy, Romance
0 hours 30 minutes
Age restriction:
Robert Murray
Damian Lewis,
David Collins,
Kaan Guldur,
Tilda Swinton,
Three Thousand Years of Longing

0 hours 30 minutes | Rated TBC

A scholar, content with life, encounters a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. Their conversation, in a hotel room in Istanbul, leads to consequences neither would have expected.

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.


Miller has earned the right to make whatever he wants, whenever he wants, and to hell with the fans who demand more road warrior movies. I think that he made this one just for him. I suspect it’s turned out exactly as he hoped. Guardian

This is Miller’s tribute to the pleasures of narrative, of holding an audience in the palm of his hand. Swinton and Elba are perfectly cast as the storytellers here, two lost souls who find solace in each other’s company. South China Morning Post

George Miller’s film is about the story of love and love of story, latching on mystical yet sardonically grounded ways of navigating fundamental tales. Visually rich, yet lacking the true spark to make it feel truly magical. That Shelf

Imagine Wes Anderson had adapted Neil Gaiman’s American Gods — that’s the vibe here. Little White Lies

George Miller returns to with a sumptuous banquet of storytelling in service of storytelling. The Playlist

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