Three thousand years of nostalgia is Oscar-winning George Miller’s directorial debut since his highly acclaimed film Mad Max: Fury Roadthe fourth part of madmax universe. In October 2018, it was announced that the Australian director was in pre-production on this upcoming film, which stars potential new 007, Idris Elba (Nationless Beasts, Luther) and Tilda Swinton (We need to talk about Kevin, Snowpiercer).
The romantic fantasy drama was supposed to shoot in 2019, but the production suffered a number of delays due to the pandemic and related insurance issues. Eventually, it began filming in November 2020 in Australia, with the rest of the filming taking place in Turkey and the UK. Three thousand years of nostalgia will finally have its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Much of the film’s plot is being kept under wraps, but it’s expected to feature a number of action sequences focusing on an ambitious yet intimate story. The still versatile filmmaker could surprise us once again.
Here’s everything we know about the movie so far.
While talking to DeadlineMiller describes Three thousand years of nostalgia as “epic in range”, “anti-madmaxand “dialogue-oriented”. The film is both written and directed by Miller himself. Much of the plot has been kept secret. However, we know from the official synopsis that the story centers around “the encounter between a scholar and a Djinn who offers him three wishes in exchange for his freedom. Their conversation, in a hotel room in Istanbul, leads to consequences that no one expected.
The cast and crew
As mentioned, the two confirmed names for the film are Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton. Creatives behind Mad Max: Fury Road reunited for the film, including cinematographer John Seale (The English patient, the talented Mr. Ripley) and Miller’s longtime editor Margaret Sixel, Academy Award-winning set designer Lisa Thompson, and Oscar-winning hair and makeup artist Lesley Vanderwalt. The film has a budget of $60 million and is produced by Doug Mitchell and co-produced by Victor Hadida at Metropolitan FilmExport. MGM holds the North American distribution rights to the project through its United Artists Releasing label, the film’s international rights belong to FilmNation.
Three thousand years of nostalgia will premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival in May. Miller has been a member and president of the festival jury on several occasions. Moreover, his last film Mad Max: Fury Road played at Cannes in 2015. Swinton is also a festival regular. She was in five films that screened at the festival last May. The full line-up for this year’s 75th Cannes Film Festival is expected to be unveiled by the second or third week of April. Variety predicts that two other American films will also premiere at the festival, Top Gun: Maverick with Tom Cruise and Baz Luhrman Elvis Austin Butler portraying the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Cannes boss Thierry Fremaux is said to have made attempts to have a woman president of the jury. Sources say Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz are among his top contenders for the job. However, for Cotillard or Cruz to chair the jury, they would have to have their films played out of competition. Cotillard plays the main role in Arnaud Descplechin Brother and sister while Cruz is in the cast of the immensity directed by Emanuele Crialese. Since Miller is a feminist, he would certainly be in favor of having a woman president.
Everything else: George Miller
Movies on an epic scale are Miller’s specialty. Without a doubt, he is best known for being the man behind the madmax franchise. Miller raised funds to make the original madmax film, which starred Mel Gibson, working as an emergency room doctor. You heard it right, the famous Australian director, screenwriter and producer is also a former doctor (!).
Miller also directed the peculiar biographical and medical drama Lorenzo’s Oil and the fantastic dark fantasy The Witches of Eastwick. It is currently in pre-production for Warner Brother’s Furiosa spin-off that stars Anya-Taylor Joy (The Queen’s Bet, The witch). He will also tour Australia. Miller is also confirmed to direct and produce Mad Max: The Desertthe sequel to his mega-success Mad Max: Fury Road. Tom Hardy (Locke, The dark knight rises) is set to reprise his role as Max Rockatansky.
Miller has repeatedly said that Pinocchio 1940 is one of his all-time favorites, so it’s no complete shock that he tested his wings in the family film genre as well. Miller is also famous for moving hits such as the Oscar winner baby and the happy feet serious. Miller’s versatility in style and genre is unquestionable.
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