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|Directed by||Jon Stewart|
|Produced by||Scott Rudin|
|Screenplay by||Jon Stewart|
|Based on||Then They Came for Me|
by Maziar Bahari
and Aimee Molloy
|Starring||Gael García Bernal|
|Music by||Howard Shore|
|Edited by||Jay Rabinowitz|
|Distributed by||Open Road Films|
|Box office||$3.2 million|
Rosewater is a 2014 American political drama film written, directed and produced by Jon Stewart, based on the memoir Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy. It recounts Bahari's 2009 imprisonment by Iran, connected to an interview he participated in on The Daily Show that same year; Iranian authorities presented the interview as evidence that he was in communication with an American spy. 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. The film was released in theaters on November 14, 2014.
In 2009, London-based Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is detained in Iran after he reports on violence against protesters of the country's presidential election, as well as giving a satirical interview with Jason Jones of The Daily Show. While his pregnant fiancée waits for him, Bahari spends 118 days at Evin Prison being brutally interrogated.
On July 31, 2014, it was announced that the film would be released on November 7, 2014. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 29, 2014, and it was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014.
Rosewater grossed $3.2 million.
In its opening weekend, the film grossed $1.2 million from 371 theaters, finishing 13th at the box office.
Rosewater received mostly positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 77%, based on 136 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The site's consensus reads, "Timely, solidly acted, and unabashedly earnest, Rosewater serves as an impressive calling card for first-time director Jon Stewart." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 67 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".