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, work, children, and freedom, this work-in-progress screening features highlights of the animation and music.
Featuring animation work by Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and more, GKIDS will release the film stateside on August 7th. Watch below. The official U.S. trailer will be arriving soon.