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.
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba
Director: George Miller
Runtime: 108 minutes
Genre: Adaptation, BIPOC, Drama, Fantasy
Country: United States/Australia
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Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song is a definitive exploration of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, “Hallelujah”. This feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times. The song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit. And moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom “Hallelujah” has become a personal touchstone. Approved for production by Leonard Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust including Cohen’s personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews.
Featuring: Leonard Cohen, Adrienne Clarkson, Brandi Carlile, Clive Davis, Eric Church, Jeff Buckley, John Cale, Judy Collins, Nancy Bacal, Steve Berkowitz
Director: Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine
Rating: Rated PG-13
Runtime: 115 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Music
Country: United States/Canada