Following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival earlier this week, Open Road Films has released the first trailer Rosewater, which marks the directorial debut of The Daily Show host Jon Stewart.
Gael García Bernal stars as journalist Maziar Bahari, who returned to his home country Iran to interview presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. After sending footage of riots in the streets to the BBC, Bahari was arrested and tortured for 118 days by a man who only identified himself as Rosewater. Take a look at the first footage and poster for this true story adaptation, arriving in theaters November 7.
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.