With the Telluride Film Festival in full effect, we’re getting an even better look at Rosewater thanks to a new poster and the first official trailer. The film was directed by Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) who actually has a personal attachment to the man at the center of the film, BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. Bahari was one of the many responsible for shedding light on the rampant corruption during the 2009 Iranian presidential election, and one of the many tortured for it. Stewart used his platform to help bring attention to Bahari’s plight, and thus his involvement and the inception of this film.
Rosewater is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” written by Maziar Bahari. The film marks the directorial debut of “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal.
Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the prime challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Mousavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed, Bahari endured personal risk by sending footage of the street riots to the BBC. Bahari was arrested by police, led by a man identifying himself only as “Rosewater,” who tortured and interrogated him over the next 118 days.
With Bahari’s wife leading an international campaign to have her husband freed, and Western media outlets keeping the story alive, Iranian authorities released Bahari on $300,000 bail and the promise he would act as a spy for the government.
RELEASE: November 7, 2014
DIRECTOR: Jon Stewart
WRITERS: Jon Stewart
CAST: Gael Garcia Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Haluk Bilginer, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Golshifteh Farahani, Claire Foy
PRODUCERS: Scott Rudin, Jon Stewart, Gigi Pritzker