While attending a conference in Istanbul, Dr. Alithea Binnie happens to encounter a djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. This presents two problems: first, she doubts that he’s real, and second, because she’s 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’s beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both.

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Fury Road Composer Tom Holkenborg aka “Junkie XL” and Director George Miller team up again to bring to life the magic of #3000YearsOfLonging. Discover more about the score of the film with Junkie XL, George Miller and the cast of the film now.

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‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’ Review: Left Wanting. Longing, despair, joy, disappointment — it's all here.

Costume designer Kym Barrett, known for her collaborations with other maximalist directors like Baz Luhrman and the Wachowskis, joins Miller for the first time to create a vibrant and memorable array of looks from across four time periods.

As you might imagine, Three Thousand Years of Longing is a dense and deliberate visual smorgasbord. The camera dances between storybook tableaus and tantalizing close-ups, floating about spaces with the ease of its viewpoint character. Where a flying, free-roaming camera often betrays the falseness of a digital space or characters, its use here never shatters the heightened reality of the film….There’s so much going on in Three Thousand Years of Longing that it commits what is, to me, a very rare sin in modern Hollywood — it ends too quickly.

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Three Thousand Years of Longing’s Matteo Bocelli on Making His Acting Debut and Collaborating With Junkie XL

Here’s a fun thing you might not know about legendary director George Miller — before he started making his wild, wild films, he was an emergency room doctor, and to this day, many people still call him Dr. Miller on set. This is according to Three Thousand Years of Longing actor Matteo Bocelli: “Everyone has huge respect for Dr. Miller,” Bocelli says. “Everyone knows his story.”

In Miller’s newest film, Bocelli plays Prince Mustafa, an heir to the Ottoman Empire whose story is one of several told by a Djinn (Idris Elba) to a narratologist (Tilda Swinton) who happened to acquire the bottle imprisoning him.

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‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’: Still dreaming of Genie

…Through his spellbinding stories, in Longing the Djinn transports Alithea and audiences back in time, for example to the fabled affair between the Queen of Sheba (drop dead gorgeous Aamita Lagum) and King Solomon (Nicolas Mouawad), which took place during the Biblical epoch (and we know how steamy that Old Testament could get!). We witness harems and other vignettes from the ancient world, as revealed in this R-rated romp by the Aladdin-like Djinn. Shot by Oscar- and BAFTA-wining director of photography John Seale (the Miller-directed Mad Max: Fury RoadThe English PatientHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), Longing is an optically opulent epic, full of artsy slow fades to black. Kym Barrett’s costumes and Lisa Thompson’s sets enhance the eye candy of this sumptuous cinematic treat…

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‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’ Review: Tilda Swinton & Idris Elba Make For a Surprisingly Great On-Screen Couple

This film is absolutely gorgeous to look at. The scale in which these stories are shown makes me want an epic period piece from George Miller sometime in the future. We see these beautiful kingdoms and palaces filled with people in just amazing costumes and make up. Every aspect of this production comes together excellently to deliver such a sweeping, emotional and bittersweet story. The design for the Elba’s Djinn is such a fun and elegant look, the costuming for Queen Sheeba and her empire are immaculate, and the look of all the mythical creatures are scary and layered with their own personal stories. And that’s just the look of the costuming and make up, what about the visual effects?

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