Kanye West to Debut Cruel Summer Short Film in Cannes

While eager fans await the release of the highly-anticipated G.O.O.D. Music compilation album, Kanye West is giving them something to hold them over in the meantime. ‘Ye announced Friday (May 18) he is debuting a short film titled Cruel Summer at Cannes Film Festival next week.

According to MTV News, the rapper will present the film, described as “a fusion of short film and art installation” and inspired by the upcoming G.O.O.D. Music album of the same name, at the French Festival on Wednesday (May 23). It is being screened out of competition in Cannes amid the film production.

‘Ye is being dubbed the producer, writer and director of the film, which is based on a screenplay by Elon Rutberg, who was the associate director of the “Niggas in Paris” video. Alexandre Moors, who worked with Yeezy on the “Runaway” and “Paris” clips, is the co-director.

Those listed as starring in the film include comedian Aziz Ansari, Kid Cudi, Lebanese actress Razane Jammal (“Djinn”) and Palestinian actor Ali Suliman (“The Kingdom”). After the premiere, the movie will be available for two days for the public.

In related news, Kanye was confirmed to appear in the upcoming season of rumored-girlfriend Kim Kardashian’s reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. West also recently announced the signing of Teyana Taylor and 2 Chainz to his G.O.O.D. Music crew, joining the likes of Big Sean, Mr. Hudson, Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi and others.

Click here for ticket information for Cruel Summer. —Gina Montana