'Rosewater's' Maziar Bahari and Jon Stewart share a sense of the absurdity of authoritarianism

November 12, 2014 1:06 PM

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They were sharing a table in the shade of oak trees at the annual film festival here, where their movie, "Rosewater," had just screened to five sellout audiences over Labor Day weekend. An adaptation of Bahari's 2011 memoir of his imprisonment, "Then They Came for Me," "Rosewater" marks Stewart's feature directing and screenwriting debut.

Improbably for a political drama about an imprisoned Iranian journalist, "Rosewater," which opens Nov. 14 and stars Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal as Bahari, delivered some of the festival's lightest moments, particularly for its portrayal of a prison guard with a prurient interrogating style.

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