Jon Stewart’s feature directorial debut and potential awards contender is set to premiere in Toronto next month.

Rosewater will open in select theatres on November 7 and is based on the true story of Tehran-born BBC journalist Maziar Bahari who was tortured and detained by Iranian authorities after he returned to his homeland to cover the 2009 election.

Gael Garcia Bernal stars in the lead role and Scott Rudin produced with Stewart (pictured) and Gigi Pritzker. Executive producers are Lila Yacoub, Eli Bush and Chris McShane and Sierra/ Affinity handles international sales.

  • Dimension Films has set a December 12 release date for the supernatural thriller Demonic presented by James Wan. Maria Bello and Frank Grillo star and Will Canon directed the story of an investigation into an amateur ghost-hunt that turned into a massacre. Wan produces with Lee Clay and came up with the original story idea.