Gael Garcia Bernal stars in Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, based on based on Maziar Bahari’s memoir Then They Came for Me. ‘Rosewater’ follows the punishing ordeal of Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari (Bernal) imprisoned for 118 days on charges of espionage.
Release Date: November 14, 2014
Studio: Open Road Films
Genre: Drama, Adaptation
Director: Jon Stewart
Screenwriter: Jon Stewart
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dimitri Leonidas, Haluk Bilginer, Andrew Gower
Running Time: 1 hr. 43 min.
MPAA Rating: R for language including some crude references, and violent content.
Official Website: FB.com/RosewaterMovie
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.