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Salma Hayek-Produced ‘The Prophet’ Opens Annecy Festival

15 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — The Salma Hayek-produced animated feature “The Prophet” is set to open the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the world’s leading toon fest.

The nine-part feature, penned and helmed by Roger Allers (“The Lion King”), is inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece. The segments are directed by Tomm Moore, Michal Socha, Joan Gratz, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and Mohammed Harib, respectively.

Set on the imaginary island of Orphalese, “The Prophet” centers around the unlikely friendship between Almitra, a mischievous and mute 8-year-old girl, and Mustafa, a political prisoner under house arrest.

“‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran has been read by more than 120 million people in the world without being adapted. It was therefore a challenge for me to adapt it into… an animated series. That’s why I enlisted nine of the best animation directors (Tomm Moore, Michal Socha, Joan Gratz, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Liam Neeson & Salma Hayek Voice Animated 'The Prophet' Trailer

1 April 2015 9:23 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

"I am a prisoner. My crime? Poetry." After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the animated drama The Prophet is finally coming to the United States this year. Based on the book of prose and poems of the same name, the film features the voices of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and more, along with a myriad of animation styles to bring the friendship between a little girl and an imprisoned poet to life. Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and more lend their animation expertise to the film that looks absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. Watch! Here's the teaser trailer for Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet from Gulf Film (via The Playlist): The Prophet is directed by Roger Allers, Paul and Gaëtan BrizziJoan C. GratzMohammed Saeed HaribTomm MooreNina PaleyBill PlymptonJoann Sfar, and Michal Socha. Inspired by the »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch: First Trailer For Animated 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' With Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, And Quvenzhané Wallis

1 April 2015 6:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Considering it premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival, with a lot of star power among the voice cast, and lineup of directors ten strong, you would think that the animated "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" might've attracted more notice. Instead, it's been quietly bubbling under the radar. But now, the first international trailer has arrived, and perhaps it's one to start paying attention to. Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina, and more, feature in this effort that is inspired by the titular book of prose essays, and weaves together a story involving a little girl and a poet. Here's the official synopsis:  Inspired by the beloved classic, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a young, mischievous girl and an imprisoned poet. Interwoven with Gibran’s lyrical and inspiring words on topics such as the true nature as love, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Salma Hayek's passion project is finally coming to theaters in August

24 March 2015 3:27 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Salma Hayek can breathe easy now. Her passion project "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" is finally coming to the big screen. Directed by Roger Allers ("The Lion King"), "The Prophet" is a collaborative animated tale featuring individual "chapters" from animation legends such as Tomm Moore ("The Secret of Kells" "Song of the Sea"), Joan Gratz (Academy Award winner for "Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase"),  Bill Plympton ("Guard Dog and Your Face"), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi ("Fantasia 2000") and Mohammed Harib ("Freej"), among others.  It's based on Gilbran's 1923 book and features a voice cast including Hayek, Liam NeesonQuvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina.  The film's score is by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared ("The English Patient") and it also includes additional music from  Damien Rice, Glenn Hansard ("Once") and Lisa Hannigan.  So, yes, that's a lot of pedigree talent in the mix. "The Prophet" debuted to positive reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Salma Hayek-Produced 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' Gets Us Release Date (Video interview)

24 March 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Gkids, the American distributor behind 2015 animated Oscar nominees "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" and "Song of the Sea," will release "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" in NY and La on August 7 before expanding wide the following week.  This animated telling of Gibran's bestselling 1923 book, which premiered at Cannes, unfolds through standalone chapters by ten directors including Tomm Moore ("Song of the Sea"), Nina Paley ("Sita Sings the Blues") and Bill Plympton ("Cheatin'"). Co-producer Salma Hayek fought hard to bring the celebrated Lebanese poet's work to the screen, and helped close this deal. Salma Hayek on Why She's Passionate About "Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet" The voice cast includes Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina. The score is by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared (The English Patient), with additional music by songwriters Damien »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Salma Hayek Closes Women of the World Festival, Presents ‘The Prophet’

9 March 2015 4:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Actress-producer Salma Hayek capped off the Women of the World Festival at London’s Southbank Center on Sunday, delivering an empowering message to women from all walks of life, after presenting animated pic “The Prophet,” which she produced.

Hayek spoke of how the world “has been created by systems designed for men,” and constantly reiterated that women need to fight to break down barriers in their lives.

The Prophet” is an animated movie inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s poetry essays, in which each poem is presented by a different form of animation.

Hayek said of the film: “It’s a unique film experience, a childish story that takes you on a journey — a journey inside yourself.”

She admitted that the concept of the film had made it very difficult to sell, although she is no stranger to making films out of the ordinary. “I only do impossible films,” she said, »

- Alastair Pusinelli

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Salma Hayek's Animated Passion Project 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' Acquired by Gkids

5 February 2015 12:09 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Gkids, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has acquired the North American rights to "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet," a film inspired by the beloved classic book by Kahlil Gibran.  The gorgeously-animated story was crafted in a collaboration with artists, animators and musicians. The film was written and directed by Roger Allers ("The Lion King"), and individual "chapters" based on Gibran's poems have been designed and directed by various acclaimed animators from around the world, including Tomm Moore (Oscar nominee for "The Secret of Kells" and "Song of the Sea"), Joan Gratz (Oscar winner for "Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase"),  Bill Plympton (Oscar nominee for "Guard Dog" and "Your Face"), Nina Paley (Annecy winner for "Sita Sings the Blues"), Joann Sfar (Cesar winner for "The Rabbi's Cat"), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi »

- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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