“The Prophet” by Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular pieces of poetry in the world. Now, the animators behind such masterpieces as “The Lion King,” “The Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea” have brought the story to animated life, and GKIDS, the film’s distributor, has just debuted a stunning new U.S. trailer.
Produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” was an official selection at Cannes and made its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The script was written by Roger Allers (“The Lion King”) and blends together individual sequences based on Gibrain’s poems. Each segment is animated by a different filmmaker, including Tomm Moore (“The Secret of Kells,” “Song of the Sea”), Nina Paley (“Sita Sings the Blues”) and Bill Plympton (“Guide Dog”).
The film’s synopsis reads: “Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra, (Quvenzhané Wallis) out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home, but first they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion.”
In addition to Hayek, Neeson and Wallis, “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” features the vocal talents of John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and John Rhys-Davies and music from Damien Rice, Glen Hansard and Yo-Yo Ma. It will hit theaters August 7.