I’m incredibly excited to see Jon Stewart‘s Rosewater. Although Stewart is known for political satire, he took a hiatus from The Daily Show to make his directorial debut on Rosewater. 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”. Stewart had a personal connection to the story as The Daily Show continually covered Bahari’s ordeal and then had him on the show after he was released.
Open Road Films has announced that they will distribute the movie in the U.S. and release it this fall. Presumably, they plan to put it on the fall festival awards circuit, and I hope they do because I want to see it as soon as possible. Hit the jump for the Stewart’s interview with Bahari and the press release.