George Miller, Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba Talk ‘Three Thousand Years of Nostalgia’ at Cannes – The Hollywood Reporter

During the press conference of their film Three thousand years of nostalgia the Saturday, George Miller and Tilda Swinton opened up about their first meeting five years earlier at the festival.

The two were attending the 70th edition of the festival, which celebrates its 75th edition this year, and met at a dinner party to celebrate the festival’s anniversary. “I sat next to someone I didn’t recognize and after 15 minutes realized it was George Miller,” Swinton recalled. “We became friends quite quickly, but quite deeply. A year later, he sent me a script.

Now, after meeting at the festival five years ago and just having created a film this year, Miller has expressed his desire to work with Swinton again, saying: “I hope the future sees us do something thing like that again.” She then joked, “I have witnesses.”

As for Swinton’s co-star Idris Elba, Miller met him at a BAFTA Awards ceremony. In the film, Elba plays a fantasy djinn, and Miller noted that he had long struggled to imagine an actor in the role. Said Miller, “If I hadn’t met you, I wouldn’t have any idea who could be playing the djinn. I still wouldn’t have any idea, to this day.

Earlier in the press conference, Swinton opened up about his passion for the feature film, saying, “That’s my flag, and I’m flying it.” She added of the festival: “This big screen here is perhaps the most beautiful on the planet. It is the temple.

Three thousand years of nostalgia follows an academic (Swinton), content with life, who meets a genius (Elba) offering him three wishes in exchange for his freedom. Their conversation, in a hotel room in Istanbul where the mythologist is attending a conference, leads him to make a wish that surprises them both.

“We really wanted to avoid tropes of geniuses,” Elba said. “We tried to make a jinn who wants to be as human as possible.” Elba spends a lot of screen time in a hotel bathrobe.

THR by critic David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter review of the film reads: “Audiences eager to be enchanted by adult fairy tales might find something in the garrulous reflections on love and longing, on isolation and connection, these latter themes amplified by our recent memories of pandemic lockdown. If that sounds like your thing, knock yourself out.

Given that the movie is a rumination over millennia — 3000, to be exact — worthy of storytelling, Miller was asked if modern superhero storytelling would hold up over the years. ” The wonder [and] The DC Universes are the remnants of Greek, Norse, and Roman Mythology. There is a direct equivalence. he started. “We are going through an era where we express through the story of moving images, these stories. But they are adjusted to make sense to us. It is not by chance that they are popular. The people who make them are very sincere. I don’t think they would be so popular if they weren’t made without that sincerity.

Swinton offered his own, broader vision of modern cinematic storytelling. “One of the things that we are acutely aware of is how dangerous a single story is,” she said. “It’s possible that when people can’t hear any other stories, things happen very quickly.”