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Salma Hayek’s Animated Passion Project ‘Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet’ Acquired by GKIDS

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

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 (“Fantasia 2000”), Michal Socha (“Chick”) and Mohammed Harib (“Freej”).

GKIDS made history last month as the only independent distributor to get double Oscar nominations in the Best Animated Feature category, an accomplishment the company has achieved twice now, first with “A Cat in Paris” and “The Secret Of Kells” in 2012 and again this year with “The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya” and “Song of the Sea.”

“Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” was produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek. “After seeing the incredible reaction to the movie in Cannes, Toronto and Doha, I’m very excited to be working with GKIDS in bringing ‘Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet’ to North American audiences,” said Hayek. “This is one of the most personal projects I have ever done and I am extremely proud of it.”

GKIDS president Eric Beckman said, “We are thrilled to be working with Salma and the entire creative team to bring this stunning and deeply moving film to theaters. The film’s message about freedom and the power of human expression could not be more relevant and timely.”

“Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” stars the vocal talents of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina, John Rhys-Davies and Quvenzhané Wallis. The film was an official selection at Cannes, made its North American premiere in Toronto, and is slated for a summer 2015 theatrical release. 

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