Monday 23 October 2017

Kanye and Kim dazzle at premiere

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian at the screening of Cruel Summer in Cannes (AP/Francois Mori)
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian at the screening of Cruel Summer in Cannes (AP/Francois Mori)

Kanye West and girlfriend Kim Kardashian lit up Cannes as the American rapper premiered his debut film.

The couple strolled down the red carpet at the world famous Palm Beach in the French Riviera resort where a small number had been invited to watch the screening of his short film Cruel Summer.

Kanye, wearing jeans, a white T-shirt and white tuxedo, held reality TV star Kim's hand, who dazzled in a low-cut bronze and silver mini-dress and ankle boots, as they posed for photographers.

The pair did not speak to the press but two of the actresses in Kanye's film, which is inspired by the new G.O.O.D music album of the same name, praised the rapper and his work in the tale of "West meets East".

Qatari actress Sarah A said Cruel Summer, which is a fusion of short film and art installation on an "immersive seven screen experience", told the tale of a blind princess in the Middle East who falls for a man and tries to help him through various challenges set by her parents so they can be together, as is tradition in the region.

She said: "It is a bridge from the East. This represents the East in a more beautiful way - it shows the beauty of the region and how most of the region is."

She is the first Qatari woman to be in a film but this was her first and last acting role, she said, which she only accepted because it was such a unique experience. She will now focus on a career in film producing.

Kanye and Kim posed for photographers with the cast before making their way into the makeshift cinema - an elaborate red marquee overlooking the waterfront - for the premiere of the film.

Cruel Summer was made in association with the Doha Film Institute.

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