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From visionary, mad genius director George Miller and based on the short story “The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye” by A.S. Byatt, comes THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING.
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.
"A visual dazzler that wears its fantasy elements lightly and with playful humour."
- FINANCIAL TIMES
"A mythical extravaganza that packs an unexpected humanistic punch."
- AWARDS DAILY
"Swinton’s subtle performance as Alithea is a real marvel, and one of the best at this year’s festival. Swinton is an unusual choice for someone so temperate but her Alithea is charmingly secretive without being outright deceptive."
- AWARDS WATCH
"It’s a film that passionately believes in the power of storytelling and its ability to make sense of the world — but it’s also about the value of accepting love."
- LONDON EVENING STANDARD
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Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba, David Collins, Kaan Guldur