London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 19, 2009 -- I CAN'T THINK STRAIGHT keeps racking up film awards with the most recent wins coming at the Festival del Mar de Mallorca for Jury Winner Best Feature Film and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Fairy Tales International Queer Diversity Film Festival (Calgary).
The award is the latest in a growing number for I CAN'T THINK STRAIGHT and writer/director Shamim Sarif , including Audience Awards for Best Feature at the Pink Apple Zurich Film Festival, Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival as well as Best Feature at Gran Canarias and the After Ellen Best Feature Award.
I CAN'T THINK STRAIGHT is a London-based romantic comedy with a twist, following the unlikely love affair between Palestinian Tala and British Indian Leyla. Written and directed by award-winning director Shamim Sarif, the movie is an Enlightenment Productions, produced by Hanan Kattan, and the second release for the company within a year.
A book signing with writer/director Shamim Sarif will take place before the film at "A Different Light" bookstore at 7:30pm on Monday, June 22nd, 2009.
Like Sarif's THE WORLD UNSEEN, a period love drama set during apartheid, which has garnered 20 international awards, I CAN'T THINK STRAIGHT has proven to be a force to be reckoned with. Both of Enlightenment's films have already had successful theatrical releases in North America and the UK, with much of Europe to follow this summer.
Recent reviews from International Press include:
'Sensual, witty and elegant... In exploring the eternal conflict between love and duty in a fresh, provocative way, Sarif demonstrates that she is a filmmaker of exceptional promise.' Kevin Thomas, LA Times
[Ray and Sheth] have terrific chemistry, and an easy grace that translates beautifully to the screen... the film is brimming with life, energy and color.' Afterellen.com