ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Follow @LATHeroComplex on Twitter
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT MOVIES Movies Now

Jon Stewart's political drama 'Rosewater' set for November release

Jon Stewart's directorial debut, 'Rosewater,' will hit theaters Nov. 7
Wondering what Jon Stewart was up to during his 'Daily Show' hiatus? Find out Nov. 7

"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 BBC journalist traveled to the country to cover the 2009 presidential elections but was arrested, imprisoned and tortured.

Gael Garcia Bernal stars in the film as Bahari, who appeared on Stewart's "The Daily Show" both before and after his ordeal. Stewart also covered the story as it was in progress.

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 Scott Rudin and Gigi Pritzker. OddLot Entertainment financed the film, and Open Road is distributing.

"Rosewater" will have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Follow @ogettell for movie news

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • TIFF 2014: Reitman, Baumbach and Rock to premiere new films

    TIFF 2014: Reitman, Baumbach and Rock to premiere new films

    New movies from veteran directors such as Jason Reitman, Noah Baumbach and Shawn Levy — not to mention the work of some less expected filmmaking types — will make their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival when it kicks off this September, organizers said Tuesday.

  • Michael Douglas' sensitive new role: promoting Jewish identity

    Michael Douglas' sensitive new role: promoting Jewish identity

    A conversation doesn't often meander from the life of ants to the Iranian nuclear negotiations, but Michael Douglas, newspapers scattered at his side, is busy these days selling a new Disney film and acting as an ambassador of sorts to promote Jewish identity at a time when Israel is facing increasing...

Comments
Loading