Kanye West Debuts Short Film ‘Cruel Summer’ at Cannes

Kanye West premiered his much-discussed short film/art installation Cruel Summer at the Cannes Film Festival last night. Starring Kid Cudi as a car thief who falls in love with a blind Arabian princess, the clip is the project he was reportedly working on in the Middle East in February. The film’s cast also includes Razane Jammal, Pusha T, Big Sean, Palestinian actor Ali Suliman, Aziz Ansari and West himself.

As MTV points out, Cruel Summer is similar to West’s 2010 short film Runaway in that it’s an extended music video with little dialogue and plenty of striking imagery. Cruel Summer utilizes seven screens and features completely new music from West and his G.O.O.D. Music affiliates that will reportedly appear on an album, also titled Cruel Summer, set for release sometime this year. Reactions to the music have been overwhelmingly positive, with MTV calling it “rocking” and GQ senior editor Logan Hill tweeting from the premiere that the music “was the best part – big complex production, huge beats.” The Hollywood Reporter noted multiple instances of chair-dancing in the audience.