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Three Thousand Years of Longing

“Sentimental, fantastical, and unabashedly moony, it’s a romance and a storytelling apologia all in one.” – Vox

“A visual dazzler.” – Financial Times 

“It’s a curious and consistently transfixing, an earnest labor of love—and one about love.” – Vanity Fair


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.

Directed by Academy Award winner George Miller.

Featuring Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba.

Movie poster for 3,000 years of longing