It was just announced this morning that Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater would be playing the Telluride Film Festival, so it makes sense that Open Road would choose today as a launching pad for the film’s trailer. The film is an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari‘s memoir, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival. 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”.
Early word on the film is mixed, but I like this trailer so perhaps I’ll fall into the camp of people who dig the movie. I love Stewart’s satire, but it’s refreshing to see another side of him in this earnest piece. The pic stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Kim Bodnia. Hit the jump for the Rosewater trailer. Open Road releases the film in theaters on November 7th. [Update: We've added the official poster for the film.]
Head over to Apple to watch the trailer in HD:
Poster courtesy of Huffington Post:
Here’s the official synopsis for Rosewater:
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.