The First Trailer and Poster for Jon Stewart’s ROSEWATER

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The first trailer and poster for Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater has been released ahead of its screening at the Telluride Film Festival followed shortly by a Toronto Film Festival appearance.

Starring Gael García Bernal as Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari who was arrested for espionage while covering the Iranian elections in 2009, Rosewater opens in theaters on November 7.

The film based on The New York Times best-selling memoir, written by Bahari, just premiered at the Venice Film Festival and THR calls it “emotionally accessible but very modest,” expanding to say “the way the story unfolds, there really isn’t a message per se other than a general one about not giving up hope; the political and personal lessons here don’t seem particularly profound or instructive.”

Rosewater co-stars Shohreh Aghdashloo and Kim Bodnia.

You can see it for yourself.

Rosewater is based on the best-selling memoir by Maziar Bahari. The film is the directorial debut of Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal. Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a journalist with Canadian citizenship. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Mousavi’s supporters protested Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed, Bahari endured personal risk by sending footage of the street riots to the BBC. Bahari was arrested by police, led by a man identifying himself as “Rosewater,” who tortured and interrogated him over the next 118 days. With Bahari’s wife leading an international campaign to have her husband freed, and media outlets keeping the story alive, Iranian authorities released Bahari on bail and the promise he would act as a spy for the government.

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