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Salma Hayek-Produced ‘The Prophet’ Opens Annecy Festival

PARIS — The Salma Hayek-produced animated feature “The Prophet” is set to open the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the world’s leading toon fest.

The nine-part feature, penned and helmed by Roger Allers (“The Lion King”), is inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece. The segments are directed by Tomm Moore, Michal Socha, Joan Gratz, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and Mohammed Harib, respectively.

Set on the imaginary island of Orphalese, “The Prophet” centers around the unlikely friendship between Almitra, a mischievous and mute 8-year-old girl, and Mustafa, a political prisoner under house arrest.

“‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran has been read by more than 120 million people in the world without being adapted. It was therefore a challenge for me to adapt it into… an animated series. That’s why I enlisted nine of the best animation directors (Tomm Moore, Michal Socha, Joan Gratz, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, Mohammed Harib as well as Paul and Gaëtan Brizzi), and each had the total freedom to imagine a story around the poems,” explained Hayek.

“The Prophet” marks Hayek’s first animated feature production.

Annecy’s opening ceremony will take place June 15. The complete lineup will be unveiled tomorrow.

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