Mark your calendars for Nov. 7 and don’t forget to record The Daily Show: Open Road Films announced Thursday that it would release Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater in select theaters on the awards-friendly November date opposite wide-releases Interstellar and Big Hero 6.
The Iranian political drama starring Gael Garcia Bernal as a BBC journalist who was arrested while covering an election protest in Iran and subsequently imprisoned and tortured over the next 118 days is based on Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy’s best-selling memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival. Open Road Films acquired the adaptation at at the Cannes Film Festival and plans to premiere it at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
Stewart took a three-month hiatus from hosting The Daily Show to work on the project. He had a longstanding relationship with the imprisoned journalist: Stewart frequently covered Bahari’s imprisonment, and Bahari appeared on the show after he was released from prison.