ROSEWATER Trailer: Jon Stewart’s Directorial Debut Looks Impressive and Earnest

     August 28, 2014


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.


Rosewater Trailer Jon Stewart

  • Vulcan

    Looks good to me. I’ve been interested in it since I first heard about it last summer.

  • Kyle Chandler

    I’m looking forward to this film, and I thought the trailer looks good. I am also a big fan of Jon Stewart, and he is clearly passionate and dedicated to the material.

  • CaptainCarl

    I’m very nervous for this movie. I respect Jon Stewart and am excited to see him tackle something like this, I just really hope it turns out good. I know this story is important to Jon, and I think it could be a really compelling movie that is very pertinent to our current political environment, I just hope his inexperience as a writer/director doesn’t impact the final product.

    • Kyle Chandler

      You said the thing I said only better.

  • Mixed race rich kid NYC

    Another liberal/America knows best kind of movie

    • Vulcan

      How is this liberal? The last time I checked, one of the only things that Republicans and Democrats agreed on was a disdain for Iran and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
      Besides, this looks more like a human story than political, and the political statements it does make is that the Iranian government is full of terrible people.

  • Neo Racer

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!! ILOVEYOU!