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The serious 'Rosewater' started out as a lark
The serious 'Rosewater' started out as a lark

It was easy for Maziar Bahari and Jon Stewart to laugh now. They were sharing a table in the shade of oak trees at the annual film festival here, where their movie, "Rosewater," had just screened to five sellout audiences over Labor Day weekend. An adaptation of Bahari's 2011 memoir of his imprisonment, "Then They Came for Me," "Rosewater" marks Stewart's feature directing and screenwriting debut. Improbably for a political drama about an imprisoned Iranian journalist, "Rosewater," which opens in Los Angeles on Nov. 14 and stars Mexican actor Gael García Bernal as Bahari, delivered some of the festival's lightest moments,...

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