Salma Hayek's 'The Prophet' to Open Annecy Animation Festival

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Salma Hayek

Hayek produced the film, which is based on a book of poetry, with Oscar winner Nina Paley and Oscar nominee Tomm Moore, among others.

Animation is about to get a little glamour. Salma Hayek will premiere her new animated film, The Prophet, at the Annecy Animation Festival in June.

The Lion King director Roger Allers and artistic director Bjarne Hansen created the animation style for the storyline. Animators Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), who is an Oscar nominee, Michal Socha (The Simpsons), Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase), Oscar winner Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Bill Plympton (Guard Dog), Joann Sfar (Le Chat du Rabbin), Mohammed Harib (Freej) and Paul and Gaetan Brizzi (The Emperor’s New Groove) collaborated to create eight segments for the film, which is based on the poems of Khalil Gibran.

Hayek produced the film, which she has called her "passion project."

“Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet has been read by more than 120 million people all over the world, so it was a real challenge for me to adapt it to … animation. I decided to get help from nine of the best animation directors around. Each one was completely free to imagine a story based around the poems,” said Hayek.

The story is set on the imaginary island of Orphalese, where a mute little girl, Almitra, and a political prisoner, Mustafa, form an unlikely friendship. After Mustafa is freed, he shares his poems with the people of Orphalese, while Almitra dreams up the landscapes that surround his words before danger sets in.

The Prophet will premiere on June 15. The Annecy Animation Festival runs from June 15–20. The town, in which it takes place, lies in Southeastern France, near Geneva.

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