"Rosewater," Jon Stewart's fact-based political drama about the Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, will open in select theaters Nov. 7, a prime fall release date that signifies awards aspirations.
The film is based on Bahari's bestselling memoir "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival" (co-written with Aimee Molloy), which chronicles his 118 days spent in an Iranian jail. The Tehran-born, London-based
Gael Garcia Bernal stars in the film as Bahari, who appeared on Stewart's
Last summer, Stewart took a three-month hiatus from his hosting duties to make the film, which represents his screenwriting and directorial debut.
He's also a producer on "Rosewater," along with
"Rosewater" will have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September.