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Rosewater (2014)

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Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is detained by Iranian forces who brutally interrogate him under suspicion that he is a spy.

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Jon Stewart

Writers:

Jon Stewart (screenplay), Maziar Bahari (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gael García Bernal ... Maziar Bahari
Kim Bodnia ... Javadi (Rosewater)
Dimitri Leonidas ... Davood
Haluk Bilginer ... Baba Akbar
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Moloojoon
Golshifteh Farahani ... Maryam
Claire Foy ... Paola
Amir El-Masry ... Alireza
Nasser Faris ... Haj Agha
Kambiz Hosseini Kambiz Hosseini ... Hassan
Numan Acar ... Rahim
Ayman Sharaiha Ayman Sharaiha ... Blue-Eyed Seyyed
Zeid Kattan Zeid Kattan ... Seyyed
Ali Elayan Ali Elayan ... Channel One State TV Interviewer
Nidal Ali Nidal Ali ... Prison Soundsman
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Storyline

Based of a true story about a journalist who gets detained and brutally interrogated in prison for 118 days. The journalist Maziar Bahari was blindfolded and interrogated for 4 months in Evin prison in Iran, while the only distinguishable feature about his captor is the distinct smell of rosewater. An interview and sketch that Maziar did with a journalist on The Daily Show was used as evidence that Maziar was a spy and in communication with the American government and the CIA. Written by abivians

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some crude references, and violent content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2014 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Rosewater See more »

Filming Locations:

Amman, Jordan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,154,303, 16 November 2014

Gross USA:

$3,128,941

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,171,593
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Maziar Bahari was imprisoned, interrogated, and beaten in Iran for 118 days in 2009 on charges that he was attempting to stage the overthrow of the Iranian government. One of the pieces of "evidence" that Bahari's Iranian captors held against him as proof of his guilt was footage from a segment on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) in which he was interviewed by Jason Jones pretending to be a spy. During the sketch, Bahari called Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an "idiot". After he was released, Bahari was interviewed on "The Daily Show" by Jon Stewart, who discussed the role that the show had (inadvertently) played in his imprisonment. Stewart and Bahari became friendly, and Stewart decided to adapt Bahari's 2011 book "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival" (co-written with Aimee Molloy) into a screenplay. See more »

Goofs

Charles "CK" Redlinger is listed as a "Secruity Supervisor." [sic] Additionally there are two listings for "Saftey" [sic] personnel. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maziar Bahari: [narrating] When I was nine my sister took me to the Shrine of Masumeh. It was beautiful. I will never forget the smell. A mix of sweat and rosewater they showered down on the faithful. I used to think only the most pious carried that scent.
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Connections

Referenced in Matzav Ha'Uma: Episode #8.10 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

In This Blind Alley
Written by Ahmad Shamlu, translation by Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak (from "Strange Times, My Dear")
Performed by Shohreh Aghdashloo
Provided courtesy of Nahid Mozaffari
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Freedom
9 December 2017 | by aciessiSee all my reviews

Jon Stewart. Comedian. Astute political commentator. Filmmaker. He isn't known for the latter, but he should be. Since he is long finished with his reign on The Daily Show, he must consider making more films. Rosewater is a triumph. A strong cry for resistance of despotic regimes worldwide. A loud roar for freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Maziar Bahari is not fake news. He has a story that makes us all thankful that the monstrous Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is no longer in power. The interrogation scenes made me cringe in compassion for all political prisoners. Jon Stewart wanted to make a powerful statement and he succeeded. He's proved to be a provocateur with his on-stage persona.. but his filmmaking skills are equally as provoking.


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