‘Breaking Fast’ Follows Gay Muslim Man Looking For Love During Ramadan

A gay Muslim man embarks on a cross-cultural romance in “Breaking Quick,” a new comedy due out in early 2021. 

Set in Los Angeles for the duration of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, “Breaking Fast” follows Mohammad, or Mo (played by Haaz Sleiman), a Muslim physician who is reeling from a latest heartbreak. One birthday social gathering satisfy-adorable later, he finds himself falling for Kal (Michael Cassidy), an aspiring actor.

Regretably for Mo, the timing of the conference provides quite a few troubles, and he need to navigate his thoughts for Kal while honoring Ramadan, all through which Muslims must abstain from eating, ingesting and partaking in sexual activity from dawn to sunset. 

Viewers nationwide bought their very first appear at “Breaking Fast” with the release of the film’s very first trailer, viewable above, Wednesday. The film debuted at California’s Cinequest Film & Creativeness Competition in March and was subsequently screened digitally at Toronto’s Inside Out Film Pageant and San Francisco’s Frameline, among other festivals.

Haaz Sleiman (left) and Michael Cassidy star in "Breaking Fast," due out Jan. 22. 

Haaz Sleiman (still left) and Michael Cassidy star in “Breaking Quickly,” thanks out Jan. 22. 

In an job interview with Enjoyment Tonight, director and co-writer Mike Mosallam explained he sees his film as an homage to common passionate comedies, albeit with a queer intersectional twist.  

“I desired to make a motion picture that would star Julia Roberts, if, in reality, she was a gay, Muslim, Arab guy residing in West Hollywood, California,” Mosallam claimed. In a independent job interview, he additional, “My intention is to notify a story that speaks to the nuances of every day daily life and treats identity: religious, sexual, gender and usually, as harmonious lenses by which men and women interact with the world.” 

Early opinions of “Breaking Fast” have been positive. One critic named the movie “an completely pertinent tale in a globe that nevertheless struggles with the notion that a gentleman can be homosexual and Muslim without having experience torn involving the two,” though a further applauded Mosallam and Seth Hauer’s script for “pushing back again from its generic confines.” 

Sleiman, whose credits involve “Nurse Jackie” and “Jack Ryan,” was praised for turning in an “endearingly neurotic” performance. 

“Breaking Fast” will be readily available digitally and on desire on Jan. 22.

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