The End of the Tour

James Ponsoldt, USA 2015, 106’

All you need to turn a regular interview into an unusual and dramatic story is a five-day meeting between "Rolling Stone" journalist (and novelist) Davida Lipskiego with one of the most acclaimed postmodern American writers, David Foster Wallace. Ironically, while interview was never published, the hours of intimate conversation, filled with emotions, tête-à-tête, and grave admissions became the basis for Lipski's novel penned after Wallace's suicide, which garnered countless literary accolades. The movie adaptation stars Jesse Eisenberg as Lipski, a journalist fascinated with Wallace's prose, who visits his home at the time the writer is promoting his groundbreaking novel Infinite Jest. The initially formal and courteous relationship morphs into an edge-of-your-seat game between two sensitive men where topics range from dogs to television, painful issues of identity, dependence and death.

James Ponsoldt

He was born in Athens, Greece, but moved to the United States as a teenager, where he graduated from Yale and Columbia universities. In addition to directing, he writes scripts and works as an actor. All his feature-length films have premiered at Sundance. He has also worked in television, directing an episode of Shameless.

Selected filmography

2006 Off the Black

2012 Smashed

2013 Cudowne tu i teraz / The Spectacular Now

2015 The End of the Tour

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Cast & Crew

director James Ponsoldt
screenplay Donald Margulies (based on: David Lipsky, "Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace")
cinematography Jakob Ihre
editing Darrin Navarro
music Danny Elfman
cast Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel
production Anonymous Content
sales United International Pictures Sp. z o.o.
language English
coloration colour
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