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Jon Stewart to Bring Directorial Debut 'Rosewater' to TIFF, Starring Gael Garcia Bernal

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! September 3, 2013 at 2:04PM

Following a summer-long hiatus from hosting "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart reclaims the anchor's chair Tuesday night just before taking his directorial debut "Rosewater" to TIFF later this week to share footage and pitch foreign buyers.
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Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show."
Comedy Central Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show."

Following a summer-long hiatus from hosting "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart reclaims the anchor's chair Tuesday night just before taking his directorial debut "Rosewater" to the Toronto International Film Festival later this week to share footage and pitch foreign buyers.

Repping the film's international rights, Sierra/Affinity courted international buyers on the Cannes market last May. UTA is handling North American rights. Financed by OddLot Entertainment, "Rosewater" wrapped production in Jordan in mid-August. Stewart's film is a screen adaptation of Maziar Bahari's 2011 memoir "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival."

Bahari, played here by Gael Garcia Bernal, is an Iranian-Canadian journalist who was detained in Tehran for 118 days during the 2009 presidential election in Iran. Stewart, who covered Bahari's imprisonment extensively on "The Daily Show," adapted the screenplay himself from the memoir, which was co-written by journalist Aimee Molloy. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.