It was announced earlier this year, that Salma Hayek was teaming up with the Doha Film Institute and Participant Media to adapt Khalil Gibran’s classic novel The Prophet as an animated feature for the big screen.
Each of the chapters in the novel will be directed by a different filmmaker.
The film is expected in 2013; but, while you wait for that, you should be aware of this documentary on The Prophet – a film directed and composed by BAFTA-nominated Gary Tarn, and is narrated by British actress Thandie Newton “who delivers Gibran’s captivating prose with an intimate reading, woven into a score for orchestra, guitar, cello and synthesiser,” says the press kit.
Shot on his solo travels to Serbia, Lebanon, New York, Milan and London with a 16mm and HD camera Tarn filmed people, situations and places that resonate with, rather than illustrate, the theme of Gibran’s text.
The result is a film featuring images from around the globe that act as a visual equivalent to Gibran’s written word and create a common, contemporary thread between each culture. The Prophet is visually striking, finding beauty in the everyday – moviegoers who like a film that makes them think will relish its beautifully evocative nature.
First published in 1923, The Prophet has sold millions of copies worldwide and was the bible of the 1960’s counter-culture, famous for its main character’s simple, inspiring answers to the questions with which all of us grapple.
This 75-minute documentary film will be screening at the ICA London from September 21, and in other select regional cinemas from September 28, 2012.
A special preview and Q&A session will take place at 8.45pm on Thursday, September 20, also at the ICA London.
For further information visit www.theprophetfilm.com.
Watch its trailer below: