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Three Thousand Years of Longing Unclassified 15+

Director: George Miller
Origin: Australia (2022)
Language: English
Genre: Comedy , Drama , Fantasy , Romance

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Fans of Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba will find their wishes lavishly granted in George Miller’s delirious fable about a lovelorn djinn.

Fussy loner Alithea Binnie is a narratologist: an academic who studies stories. Visiting Istanbul for a conference, she buys an interesting old glass bottle in the Grand Bazaar. When she later tries to clean it, she accidentally releases a cloud of coloured smoke and – you guessed it – a sexy djinn, who offers to grant her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. Even as she savours the djinn’s manifold tales of love and hubris, Alithea is professionally suspicious; she knows every trope and cliché, every predictable ending. So how will she use her own wishes to find a happily-ever-after for her trapped companion … and maybe even for herself?

George Miller trades in the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max (screening as part of MIFF 70’s commemorative ‘Melbourne on Film’ strand) for the luscious, dreamy aesthetic he brought to his underrated Babe: Pig in the City and the eroticism of The Witches of Eastwick. Based on a 1994 short story by Possession author A.S. Byatt, this multilayered fantasia is visually rich – even outré – but, especially with Swinton and Elba’s discursive chemistry, also surprisingly cerebral and tender. In his idiosyncratic way, Miller is challenging what big-screen storytelling can be, to memorable and magnificent effect.

“A wish come true … Miller could find more cinema in a single hotel minibar than some contemporary directors could squeeze out of an entire galaxy far, far away.” – IndieWire

Tickets

Sat 06 Aug 6:00 pm [21111]
Selling Fast
The Astor Theatre
Wheelchair Access
Past event
Fri 12 Aug 6:00 pm [19421]
Standby
Hoyts 10 / 11
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access

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Key Cast
Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton
Director
George Miller
Producers
Doug Mitchell, George Miller
Screenwriters
Augusta Gore, George Miller
Cinematographer
John Seale
Composer
Tom Holkenborg
Editor
Margaret Sixel
Costume Designer
Kym Barrett
Production Designer
Roger Ford
Company Credit
Distributor: Roadshow Films

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