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.