Salma Hayek Highlights ‘Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet’ Premiere in L.A.

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Salma Hayek Highlights ‘Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet’ Premiere in L.A..

Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina and Quvenzhane Wallis attended the L.A. premiere of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, an animated film adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s classic book of poetry, on Wednesday night at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater. WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – “I’m aware that he would say anything to attract attention and create the publicity around him,” Salma Hayek told E! during an online interview when talking about Donald Trump. The Prophet features eight of Gibran’s poems animated by artists Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), Michal Socha (The Simpsons), Oscar winner Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Bill Plympton (Guard Dog), Joann Sfar (The Rabbit’s Cat), Mohammed Harib (Freej) and Paul and Gaetan Brizzi (The Emperor’s New Groove).

Dustin Hoffman, Colin Farrell, director Jim Sheridan, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria and will.i.am were among the guests mingling with producer-star Hayek, co-stars Quvenzhane Wallis and Alfred Molina, director Roger Allers, Participant’s Jeff Skoll and GKids’ Eric Beckman. The Mexico-born actress sat down while promoting her new film, Kahil Gibran’s “The Prophet.” She told E! that she wasn’t surprised after hearing the comments he made about Mexican immigrants. Hayek hopes the film resonates with audiences of all ages and encourages parents to bring their children, even if they think the subject matter may be too advanced for them. “I tell everyone to bring their children, because they will surprise you. During the interview she refused to mention his name, implying she didn’t want to give him “extra publicity.” Hayek, though, believed that Trump’s remarks helped shed light on discrimination.

Sometimes we underestimate their intellect and they are not exposed to things that challenge them.” When her own daughter, Valentina Pinault, 7, saw the film, Hayek said she was surprised by her reaction. “She wrote a poem and it’s about how we are spirits and therefore nothing can contain us or incarcerate us. I wanted to make it entertaining so that it appeals to a broad audience, but at the same time allow us to dive into the philosophy and get deep.” Despite the film’s philosophical elements, Hayek told THR that The Prophet will appeal to both children and adults. “We have a story that is very amicable for children, and it’s interesting for adults, because it’s about freedom of speech. When people see the film, so many people cry, and I know that we’ve done well because we know that they are moved,” She said. “It’s a movie about connection.

The film features eight vignettes based on Gibran’s poems interwoven with an original story by writer-director Allers about the precocious daughter of a woman who cleans house for the prophet Mustafa, who is under house arrest for his writings and art. Allers got to help put together an international roster of renowned animators, including Bill Plympton and Tomm Moore, to create the vignettes. “That was one of the things that attracted me to this project — working with all of these people around the world,” he said. “We really wanted the visions of all these people.

And I’m thinking, ‘How am I going to stitch this together into a flowing, seamless movie?’” There are 26 poems in Gibran’s book, and Allers chose eight to feature in the film. “There were three I knew had to be done — love, marriage and children.

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