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Jon Stewart’s Directing Debut ‘Rosewater’ Scores Awards Season Release Date

Jon Stewart has already hosted the Oscars. Now he just might get to attend as a nominee.

Rosewater,” “The Daily Show” host’s directorial debut, just landed a prime awards-friendly release date, positioning it for an awards campaign should the distributor decide to mount one.

The Open Road release lands in select theaters on November 7 and is based on BBC journalist Maziar Bahari’s 118 day-ordeal in Iran, during which he was tortured and imprisoned.

Gael Garcia Bernal stars in the film, which was produced by Scott Rudin, Stewart, and Gigi Pritzker. Stewart also wrote the screenplay, which is based on Bahari’s best-selling memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival.”

The film is set against a backdrop of a series of protests that greeted Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 2009 victory and also traces the international campaign Bahari’s wife led to have her husband freed.

Stewart and “The Daily Show” covered Bahari’s saga. The film will screen at the Toronto Film Festival.

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