“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart will present his directorial début, “Rosewater,” as the Austin Film Festival’s closing night film Oct. 30.
“Rosewater” is based on the memoir “Then They Came for Me” by London-based journalist Maziar Bahari (written with Aimee Molloy). Gael García Bernal plays Bahari, who was detained in Iran for more than four months and savagely interrogated. Bahari has said that a 2009 interview he gave on the “Daily Show” was used as evidence that he was in contact with the American intelligence community. “Rosewater” is out in theaters Nov. 7.
Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling” will open the festival October 23. Based on the Philip Roth novel, “The Humbling” follows an aged and addled actor (Al Pacino) and his affair with a much younger woman (Greta Gerwig).
Also kicking off AFF’s 21st anniversary, writer/director Richard LaGravenese will present the Jason Robert Brown musical adaptation of “The Last 5 Years” starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
As was reported last week, Edward Zwick will accept the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award at the AFF awards luncheon. He will also be joined by frequent collaborator Winnie Holzman (creator of “My So-Called Life”) for a conversation on their work in television Oct. 26.
Luke Wilson joins the 2014 Retrospective series, presenting “The Pope of Greenwich Village.” Austin Film Festival’s Retrospective series allows guest programmers to present works that have inspired their careers. “The Pope of Greenwich Village” will be programmed alongside Wilson’s short film “Satellite Beach,” which he wrote, directed and starred in, with producers also in attendance.
The full film and conference schedule is live on the AFF website, http://www.austinfilmfestival.com