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Only Six Months Until We Can Start Calling Him "Academy Award Winner Jon Stewart"

By Vivian Kane | Trade News | July 31, 2014 | Comments ()


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It was announced last week that Jon Stewart’s directorial debut will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Now it’s been given a release date of November 7th, right in the heart of Oscar season. And if ever there was an Oscar-ready movie, it’s this one.

Rosewater, for which Stewart also wrote the screenplay, is adapted from the memoir of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. In 2009, Bahari was imprisoned and tortured in Iran for 118 days. According to Variety,

Gael Garcia Bernal stars in the film, which was produced by Scott Rudin, Stewart, and Gigi Pritzker. Stewart also wrote the screenplay, which is based on Bahari’s best-selling memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival.

The film is set against a backdrop of a series of protests that greeted Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 2009 victory and also traces the international campaign Bahari’s wife led to have her husband freed.


Now, I am not saying this movie is awards-pandering. I am, however, saying that this movie will will all the Oscars.







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  • TimeTravelMan

    will will

  • guyminuslife

    I think she means that it will ascend to heaven, One Hundred Years of Solitude-style, and leave all the Oscars as parting gifts to its vastly inferior heirs.

  • stella

    Omg Gael Garcia Bernal? Awesome.

  • Earl Simmons

    I caught a screening back in April. It's a pretty bad movie.

  • Nail Polish Color

    Don't elaborate or anything

  • Guest

    Not much to say. Not much happens. It's hard to care overmuch about the main character - who doesn't look all that Iranian, but that's another issue. I don't think it would've been made if Stewart weren't involved. I don't think he would've made it, if he didn't feel responsively for what happened. And I don't think it really should've been made anyway. It's not like anyone else would've produced that much better of a movie. It's just not that interesting a story. If you make a movie about torture, it better have something to say. Otherwise the audience will just tune out and choose something more entertaining. And I'm hoping Unbroken - another movie about torture whose source material at least has something to say - overshadows this one in the fall. Because Rosewater isn't very good. Don't get too excited about it. Sorry Jon, you're loved.

  • e jerry powell

    Yes, but what are the odds that Stewart will host the Oscars next year?

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