The Prophet, by celebrated Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written, selling over 100 million copies in forty languages since its publication in 1923. Gibran’s timeless verses have been given enchanting new form in this painterly cinematic adventure about freedom and the power of human expression.
This breathtaking animated feature, produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, was an official selection at Cannes and made its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), the film intersperses Gibran’s elegant poetry within stunning animated sequences by filmmakers Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea), Bill Plympton (Guide Dog), Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), and a host of award-winning animators from around the world. Set in a Mediterranean seaside 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. Featuring music from Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, Gabriel Yared, and Yo-Yo Ma.
WORLD PREMIERE – CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (WORK IN PROGRESS)
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE – TORONTO INT’L FILM FESTIVAL
US PREMIERE – NEW YORK INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL
OPENING NIGHT FILM – ANNECY INT’L ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL
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“AWE INSPIRING! IT TOOK MY SOUL ON A JOURNEY.”
“Think of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet as a gift: a work of essential spiritual enlightenment,
elegantly interpreted by nine of the world’s leading independent animators.
As visually mesmerizing as it is profound!”
★ ★ ★ ★
“A CELEBRATION OF LIFE, FREEDOM AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT!”
“And a celebration of the art of animation. It’s the contrast and variety of seeing
these pieces together that makes one appreciate the craft more.”
– The National
“A THEATRICAL TREASURE, EQUAL PARTS BEAUTIFUL AND INSPIRING!”
“An enchanting experience. One of the most pleasant surprises of TIFF!”
– Movie Mezzanine
– The Hollywood Reporter
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