With the recent news of James Foley’s beheading in Syria, the first trailer for Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater, may be a bit hard to watch. Not just because the film is about a journalist who is captured for information without any knowledge of his release, but more so because the battle for hope, or lack thereof that must have been going through Foley’s head is terrifying. That being said, Rosewater looks like a powerful film that may teach us more than scare us.
Jon Stewart takes the story of journalist Maziar Bahari who was arrested for espionage in Iran while covering the 2009 elections. Bahari was held captive for 118 days, and interrogated by a man who claimed to have proof of his poor intentions due to his Facebook page, as well as an appearance on The Daily Show (maybe a little too self-marketing for Stewart). You can take a look at the trailer below which goes for a more hopeful angle than a terrifying drama:
The film just premiered at the Venice Film Festival to what seem to be positive/lukewarm reviews. However, it is headed to Telluride and Toronto next. Some of the early reviews state that the film has an underdeveloped script, with lack of story beats, or an overall message; but is so focused on bringing to light international issues that the film manages to stay afloat.
Usually early reviews don’t make much of an impact on me, so this doesn’t form any trepidation within myself, but more so makes me interested and anticipating what Jon Stewart can bring us. The film looks well made, and has a sense of hope that I wish doesn’t overshadow the other thematic elements the film may need to bring to fruition, but I’m definitely looking forward to this one.
Rosewater will be released on November 7th. What do you guys think of the trailer? Have you heard of this story before? Does this interest you? Do you think it may get backlash from the Foley news (I doubt it)? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below. And here’s the really beautiful poster that has been released for the film: