Detroit Film Theatre

CINETOPIA OPENING EVENT: Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

Friday, June 05, 2015

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

This 2015 Cinetopia Festival will open on Friday, June 5th with a free outdoor screening on the DIA North Lawn of the stunning new animated film Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. The Prophet is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written, having been published in over forty languages since its publication in 1923. The book's timeless verses have been given new form in this anthology film. Actor-producer Salma Hayek-Pinault spearheaded this ambitious project, which also includes the voices of Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Alfred Molina, and Frank Langella.
As their story unfolds, several of Gibran's most cherished essays — on love, work, children, marriage, and freedom — are brought to life in vignettes directed by some of the world's foremost animators, among them Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells) and Bill Plympton (Idiots and Angels). With a score by Gabriel Yared that includes contributions from Glen Hansard, and Yo-Yo Ma, Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet it is also a musical collaboration, a richly spiritual experience worthy of Gibran's lyrical book.
This festive kickoff evening will begin at dusk (7pm) on the DIA North lawn with a live jazz interpretation of Holst’s The Planets by the Mike Jellick Ensemble, followed by the film screening at sundown (9:30pm).
Seating will be on the lawn (bring a blanket or lawn chair) and a complimentary bike valet will be hosted by the Hellenic Museum. The Azul taco bar will be serving inside the DIA’s Kirby St. entrance until 10pm. In case of severe weather this program will be moved indoors to the Detroit Film Theatre.
This event is presented through a partnership of the Detroit Institute of Arts and Midtown Detroit Inc.