Breaking Fast

Director: Mike Mosallam
2020 | USA | 92m
GENRE: Comedy | Drama | Gay | Middle Eastern | Muslim/Islam | Romance
SECTION: Live Q&A's | Narrative Features
Expected Guests: Features LIVE Q&A with director Mike Mosallam, lead producer Seth Hauer, actor Haaz Sleiman, actor Michael Cassidy, actor Amin El Gamal and actor Chistopher Hanke

Cultures clash and passion blooms in this lively and insightful romantic comedy. Mo (Haaz Sleiman, Those People, Frameline39) is a gay Muslim living in West Hollywood — he’s a dedicated doctor who prioritizes his faith. When his long-term relationship takes an unexpected turn, leaving him suddenly single, he discovers that finding someone who enjoys quiet evenings of cooking and conversation is challenging in a sea of guys who are focused on partying and hook-ups. But when Mo meets Kal (Michael Cassidy, The Dare Project, Frameline42), sparks fly, and the cute couple moves carefully into a romance that is sweet and complicated at once.

True-to-life dialogue and richly complex and relatable characters breathe naturalistic energy into writer-director Mike Mosallam’s gorgeously shot feature debut, which he expanded from his 2015 short of the same name. Funny and thoughtful, Breaking Fast — which also stars Veronica Cartwright ( Alien) and Patrick Sabongui ( Homeland) — tackles deep issues of faith, friendship and sexuality with upbeat energy and a big heart.

—BRENDAN PETERSON

Buying note: This is a digital screening, available to view between 12:01am Thursday, June 25 and 11:59pm Sunday, June 28. We suggest watching it at 7:00pm Thursday, June 25 followed by the live Q&A.

SPONSORED BY
Wells Fargo

CO-PRESENTED BY
SF Sketchfest 

  • Language: In English and Arabic with English subtitles