Kahlil Gibran’s 1923 book of philosophical poetic essays The Prophet has been turned into a very unique animated feature film and has now been picked up for distribution by GKIDS. The film will be released in New York and Los Angeles on August 7 with other cities to follow in subsequent weeks. A new trailer has been released, too.
Produced by actress Salma Hayek and directed by animation vet Roger Allers (The Lion King, The Little Matchgirl, Open Season), Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet contains sequences based on essays from the book brought to life by some of the world’s greatest animation directors, including Tomm Moore, Bill Plympton, Paul and Gaetan Brizzi, Joan Gratz, Michael Socha, and Mohammed Harib.
The film’s voice cast includes Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, and Alfred Molina.
The Prophet was screened at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. Producer Salma Hayek also presented the film recently at the Women of the World Festival in London.
Roger Allers created a narrative for the film and all of the different directors created their segments using their own individual styles. According to Hayek, the film is “a unique film experience, a childish story that takes you on a journey — a journey inside yourself.”