The new film by Master Storyteller George Miller, Three Thousand Years of Longing is now playing in cinemas!
Dr Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is content with life and comes at the world with a healthy scepticism. Despite this she encounters a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom.
This is a problem because she is a scholar of narrative and knows all the cautionary tales about wishes gone wrong. He pleads his case by telling her fantastical stories of his past. Eventually she is beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both.
Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller first encountered Alithea and the Djinn when he read British author A.S. Byatt’s 1994 short story The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye in the late 1990s.
“It’s a story that seemed to probe many of the mysteries and paradoxes of life, and so succinctly” Miller recalls. “Once read it stayed with me, as some stories tend to do… then, one day it occurred to me that it should be a film.”
“It felt unique, something that you couldn’t quite fit into any genre and it ticked one very important box - there must be a whole lot more to it than meets the eye. There are stories within stories, a little like One Thousand and One Nights” says Miller.
Idris Elba: “It is an absolute postcard to the art of storytelling. It’s an unconventional film but has a very honest focus. The point is that stories are really important to humankind”.
Prorom and Ro Image will release Three Thousand Years of Longing in Romanian cinemas on September, 2, 2022.