Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rosewater 2014 Film

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. 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. 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 is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 14, 2014.

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

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

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. It is scheduled to be screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014.

Rosewater has received mostly positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 78%, based on 18 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 68 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews".

Writing for Uproxx, Vince Mancini said Rosewater is a "decently directed movie" that "could've been better", and gave the film a grade of a B-.

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