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Open Road Films will release Jon Stewart‘s Iranian political drama Rosewater in select theaters on Nov. 7, two months after it has its worldwide premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. The movie marks The Daily Show host’s feature directorial debut.
Stewart took a three-month break from The Daily Show in 2013 to shoot the independent film, which was financed and produced by OddLot Entertainment. Rosewater is the film adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy‘s New York Times best-selling memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival, which tells the story of Bahari’s 2009 arrest by the Iranian government while covering an election protest.
Bahari — played by Gael Garcia Bernal — was interrogated and tortured during the next 118 days, including 107 spent in solitary confinement.
Stewart’s involvement with Bahari’s story began before the arrest. Bahari had appeared on The Daily Show to talk about Iran, and his captors used the interview as evidence of his connection to Western spies. Stewart covered Bahari’s saga nightly and had the journalist appear on the show to talk about his ordeal once he was released from prison.
Scott Rudin is producing alongside Stewart and Oddlot’s Gigi Pritzker. Lila Yacoub, Eli Bush and Chris McShane are executive producers.
Sierra/Affinity is handling the film internationally.
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