Here! Films picks up 'I Can't Think Straight'

Sarif film is about an unexpected lesbian romance

NEW YORK -- "I Can't Think Straight," a Sapphic romantic comedy written, directed and produced entirely by women, has been picked up for North American distribution by Here! Films.

Shamim Sarif's film charts the unexpected romance between Tala (Lisa Ray), a vivacious Christian woman from Palestine, and Leyla (Sheetal Sheth), a shy Muslim woman from India. When they meet in London just before Tala's planned wedding, sparks fly between them and their families.

Here! sister co. Regent Releasing will distribute Sarif's other feature, the South African-set period lesbian romance "The World Unseen" on Nov. 7 in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. "Straight" will bow in the same cities two weeks later, followed by additional regional markets.

Sarif based both directorial efforts on her novels of the same name and both star the same actresses. Bollywood actress and model Ray ("Water") sparked controversy in India last year when it was revealed she would be playing a lesbian.

Both films were produced by Hanan Kattan and executive produced by Lisa Tchenguiz-Imerman for Enlightenment Productions. Regent's Quinn Coleman negotiated the deal with Enlightenment's Kattan.