Three Thousand Years of Longing

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2022 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
actors tilda swinton and idris elba

Part of: Summer Night Cinema

Free admission. No registration needed; first come, first served.

UCLA Film & Television Archive presents free screenings at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum.


U.S., 2022

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.

DCP, 108 min. Director: George Miller. With: Tilda Swinton. Idris Elba, Pia Thunderbolt.

Summer Night Cinema is presented by Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.