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Rosewater - Preview

Rosewater

Preview by Jack Foley

ROSEWATER is the directorial debut of Jon Stewart, whose Comedy Central programme, The Daily Show, has won 18 Primetime Emmy Awards.

This powerful and affecting film tells the true story of London-based Iranian Canadian journalist, Maziar Bahari, who was detained in Iran in 2009 while attempting to cover the presidential election, and is based on the memoir Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy.

Produced by Scott Rudin, Jon Stewart and Gigi Pritzker, and starring Gael Garcia Bernal (No, The Motorcycle Diaries) in a captivating central performance as Maziar Bahari, Rosewater also features a strong cast including Kim Bodnia (The Bridge), Emmy award-winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (24, House of Saddam) and Screen International ‘Star of Tomorrow’ Dimitri Leonidas (Monument’s Men).

Maziar Bahari was detained and brutally interrogated at Evin Prison for more than 100 days whilst his pregnant fiancée back in London campaigned tirelessly for his release.

Recounting Bahari’s efforts to maintain his hope and his sanity in the face of isolation and persecution – through memories of his family, recollections of the music he loves and thoughts of his wife and unborn child – Rosewater is both a moving personal story and a tribute to those journalists who risk their freedom, and even their lives, to tell the true stories behind world-changing events.

Bahari’s imprisonment was connected to an interview he conducted on The Daily Show in 2009; Shortly before he was arrested, Bahari filmed an interview with The Daily Show‘s Jason Jones, who had travelled to Iran to do a series of satirical pre-election reports about the Iranian people entitled, “Behind the Veil.” While in prison, one of the things Bahari was questioned about was the interview with Jones, whom his interrogators labelled a spy.

Jon Stewart has since joked that his reason for making the film is ‘borne out of a Jewish sense of guilt’.

Rosewater has been on the receiving end of critical acclaim at a number of film festivals including Telluride, and was selected as a Gala Presentation at both the Toronto International Film Festival and the 58th BFI London Film Festival.

Rosewater is released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, September 7, 2015.

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