Jon Stewart might be returning to The Daily Show tonight but that won’t stop him from taking footage of Rosewater to the Toronto International Film Festival.
The comedian has wrapped production on the independent film that he shot in Jordan over the summer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart will take the Iranian political drama up to Toronto this weekend:
Stewart will travel to the Toronto Film Festival to pitch select foreign buyers on his feature directorial debut and share footage. Sierra/Affinity, which is representing international rights, is hosting what’s likely to be one of the most popular events of the film market.
Rosewater is based on the best-selling memoir, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival, written by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy. It tells the story of Bahari’s arrest after covering an Iranian election protest.
Gael Bernal Garcia portrays Bahari, who had been interrogated and tortured over 118 days–which includes the 107 days spent in solitary.
Following an appearance on The Daily Show, Bahari had been accused of being a Western spy. Following his release from prison, the writer was interviewed by Stewart once more. Stewart was captivated by his plight and decided to bring his story to the big screen.