Vernon Film Society brings Jon Stewart directing debut, Rosewater

Film is based on memoir by BBC journalist Maziar Bahari

The Vernon Film Society is pleased to announce that the next  film of the 2015 winter season is  Rosewater,  showing Feb. 16 at the Vernon Towne Cinema.

The film tells the story of an Iranian-Canadian journalist, Maziar Bahari, who is detained by Iranian forces who brutally interrogate him under suspicion that he is a spy.

Rosewater is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir, Then They came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, written by BBC journalist Bahari. A true story, the film marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of  The Daily Show host and anchor Jon Stewart, and stars Gael Garcia Bernal, leading an international cast.  Rosewater is produced by Scott Rudin, Stewart and Gigi Pritzker, with Lila Yacoub and Eli Bush serving as executive producers.

Variety writes, “Stewart’s confident, superbly acted debut feature works as both a stirring account of human endurance and a topical reminder of the risks faced by journalists in pursuit of the truth.” Rated PG, there is some violence, and coarse and sexual language.

The VFS is pleased to note its partnership with the  Film Circuit,  presented by the  Toronto International Film Festival  and its sponsors.

Rosewater shows at the Vernon Towne Cinema, 2910-30th Ave., Feb. 16 at 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. All seats are $7, cash only. Advance tickets available at the Bean Scene Coffee House  across from the theatre, and at the theatre.