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Jon Stewart will discuss his directorial debut, Rosewater, with fellow Comedy Central talk show host Stephen Colbert in a Q&A that Open Road and Fathom Events will broadcast live in theaters. The event will screen with the film on Nov. 13, one night before the film’s theatrical release.
The broadcast will be shown in over 300 theaters nationwide at 7:30 p.m. EST, with tape delay to 7:30 p.m. local time in other time zones.
Rosewater is the true story of Iranian-born Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, played by Gael García Bernal, who was imprisoned when he returned to Iran in 2009 to interview a candidate challenging President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Bahari was held for months and tortured before being released. Stewart covered the story on The Daily Show and interviewed the journalist after his release.
In addition to directing Rosewater, Stewart wrote the screenplay based on Bahari’s memoir with Aimee Molloy, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. The Daily Show host also produced with Scott Rudin and Gigi Pritzker. Lila Yacoub, Eli Bush and Chris McShane executive produced.
The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and screened at Toronto. Stewart told THR his choice to direct arose out of his work on The Daily Show: “One of the things about being a stand-up and doing your own show is, you are accustomed to a certain level of material control,” he said. “I was loath to give that up.”
The satirist recently returned from a Daily Show hiatus, taking his first night back to skewer Chris Christie and the New York and New Jersey media’s reaction to Ebola. Meanwhile, Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, is preparing to succeed David Letterman as the host of The Late Show on CBS.
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