Yesterday Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater got a release date and now we have a look at the first images released from the film. If anyone was expecting a comedy, this definitely isn’t one. Written and directed by Stewart, the film stars Gael Garcia Bernal and is an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari‘s memoir, Then They Came for Me. Bahari, who was born in Tehran, went to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, but was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard, and then interrogated and beaten for 118 days by a man known only as “Rosewater”. Stewart had a personal connection to the story as Bahari’s previous The Daily Show appearance was used as “evidence” that he was a spy.
I’m eager to see Rosewater, not just for the subject matter but out of personal curiosity to see if Stewart has directing chops. He puts a lot of care into what he does (and is good at admitting past mistakes like Playing By Heart), so I’m confident his compass was true when he chose to take this on. Hit the jump for the Rosewater images. Open Road releases the film on November 7th.