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Cannes Red Carpet with Salma Hayek for The Prophet


Oscar-nominated Irish Director Tomm Moore

Academy Award–nominated Irish director Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells) walked the red carpet in Cannes last weekend for a work-in-progress screening of animated film The Prophet, of which he was one of the directors.

Inspired by the beloved philosophy book by Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet is produced by Academy Award–nominated actress Salma Hayek (Frida) along with Clark Peterson, Jose Tamez and Ron Senkowski. The voice cast includes Hayek, Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and Quvenzhane Wallis.

With overall direction by Roger Allers, it features “segments” by a host of award-winning directors, including Tomm Moore, Michal Socha, Joan C. Gratz, Nina Paley, Joann Sfar, Bill Plympton, Mohammed Saeed Harib, and Paul and Gaetan Brizzi.

Commenting on the film, Tomm Moore said, “All of the team at Cartoon Saloon loved collaborating on this film with an amazing team of international animation legends. I directed the poem ‘On Love’, and Glen Hansard and Lisa Hannigan worked with us providing a gorgeous piece of music for the film. Selma Hayek brought this project to life, and she has helped to highlight the art of animation internationally through this beautiful film.”

Tomm Moore’s next Irish animated feature, Song of the Sea—produced by Cartoon Saloon and featuring music by Kila, with funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board—is currently selling in the Cannes film market and is expected to have its world premiere later this year.

Irish films screening at Cannes this year include Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall and John Boorman’s Queen and Country. Irish films selling in the Cannes market include Standby, starring Brian Gleeson (Love/Hate, The Stag) and Jessica Paré (Mad Men, Jack & Bobby); The Canal, starring Rupert Evans (The Village, Fleming) and Antonia Campbell Hughes (Kelly + Victor, Albert Nobbs), which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and sold in the US; the award winning horror film Let Us Prey, starring Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, The Wind That Shakes the Barley); and Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, which is currently on release in Ireland.