Rosewater (film)

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Rosewater poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jon Stewart
Produced by Scott Rudin
Jon Stewart
Gigi Pritzker
Written by Jon Stewart
Based on Then They Came for Me 
by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy
Starring Gael García Bernal
Music by Howard Shore[1]
Cinematography Bobby Bukowski
Edited by Jay Rabinowitz
Distributed by Open Road Films[2]
Release dates
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million

Rosewater is a 2014 American drama film written and directed by Jon Stewart, based on the memoir Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy.[3] Bahari's imprisonment is connected to an interview he conducted on The Daily Show in 2009; the authorities presented the interview as evidence that he was in communication with an American spy.[4] Due to the content of the film, Stewart has been accused by Iran's State TV of being funded by Zionists and working with the CIA.[5] The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 7, 2014.


In 2009, London-based journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal) was detained in Iran for more than 100 days due to an interview regarding the country's presidential election.[6] Bahari was arrested, and while his pregnant fiancée waited for him, he spent five months at Evin Prison while being brutally interrogated.[7]

Bahari was usually blindfolded when being interrogated and the sole distinguishing feature of his interrogator was that the interrogator smelled of rosewater.[7]



Rosewater was filmed in Jordan between June and mid-August 2013.[3] It cost around $10 million.[11] J.J. Abrams provided some scripting assistance for Stewart.[12]


On July 31, 2014, it was announced that the film would be released on November 7, 2014.[13] The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 29, 2014.[14] It is scheduled to be screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014.[15]


  1. ^ "Howard Shore Scoring Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’". Film Music Reporter. June 10, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ Fleming, Mike (May 12, 2014). "Open Road Acquires Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' With Fall Release Planned". Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c McClintock, Pamela (September 3, 2013). "Toronto: Jon Stewart to Pitch 'Rosewater,' Share First Footage". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ Feldman, Josh (5 December 2013). "Iranian State TV Targets Jon Stewart for Directing Movie 'Commissioned by His Masters'". Mediaite. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Ernst, Douglas (5 December 2013). "Jon Stewart, CIA superspy? Iranian TV creates new 'Zionist' conspiracy". Washington Times. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rosewater (2014)". 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Rothman, Lily (6 March 2013). "What Is Rosewater, the Movie Taking Jon Stewart Away from The Daily Show?". Time Entertainment. 
  8. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (January 31, 2014). "The Bridge's Kim Bodnia: 'Darkness, misery, evil – we do them best'". The Guardian. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
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  10. ^ Snider, Eric D. (2014-09-01). "Telluride 2014: Jon Stewart's "Rosewater" Is a Fine First Film, But That's About It". Complex. 
  11. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (June 12, 2013). "Jon Stewart Movie: Salary Issues Complicate Gael Garcia Bernal Casting". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Exclusive - J.J. Abrams Extended Interview Pt. 2". The Daily Show. May 13, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' Gets November 7 Release Date". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
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  15. ^ "Toronto Film Festival Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 

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