First Look at Jon Stewart‘s ROSEWATER

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Jon Stewart‘s directorial debut Rosewater has just revealed first two images, closely following yesterday’s release date announcement.

Based on the memoir “Then They Came For Me,”written by the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari, the fact-based film stars Gael Garcia Bernal, leading an international cast which also includes Shohreh Aghdashloo, Kim Bodnia, Haluk Bilginer, and Golshifteh Farahani.

The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, followed by a limited release starting November 7th.

Impressed by journalist’s appearance, the host of The Daily Show optioned Bahari’s life rights and took a 12-week summer hiatus in order to direct the Rosewater film. Stewart also wrote the script.

“It may not be what people expect from me; it’s not a comedy. I hope people view it for what it is—a love letter to expression and the importance of it. It’s everything,”

said British comedian.

Check out the first images from Rosewater that convey the film’s bleak tone (via EW).

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ROSEWATER follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Moussavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed on election day, Bahari endured great personal risk by submitting camera footage of the unfolding street riots to the BBC. Bahari was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, led by a man identifying himself only as “Rosewater,” who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days.

In October 2009, with Bahari’s wife leading an international campaign from London to have her husband freed, and Western media outlets including The Daily Show With Jon Stewart continuing to keep the story alive, Iranian authorities released Bahari on $300,000 bail and the promise he would act as a spy for the government.