Jon Stewart has roasted and toasted journalists for years on The Daily ShowWhen it came time to make his directorial debut (and take off for several months from The Daily Show), as I say in my video review above, Stewart chose this project, to which he has a personal if indirect connection.

It’s the story of TV journalist Maziar Bahari, played by Gael Garcia Bernal and who went to Iran during the 2009 elections there. Bahari was imprisoned and tortured for half a year by a man known as Rosewater, played by Kim Bodnia, before being released. He went on to write a book with Aimee Molloy about the experience that then became the basis for the film, whose screenplay Stewart also wrote. Producers are Stewart, Scott Rudin and Gigi Pritzker.

The film was a selection at the Telluride, Toronto and London film festivals ahead of its debut this weekend. Open Road Films is distributing the movie.