♥ → 

The End of the Tour

OT: The End of the Tour

James Ponsoldt // USA, 2015
Fiction Feature // FF2015
Film Website



1996: shortly after the appearance of his new novel Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) sets off on a 5-day promotional tour through the USA. The journalist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) accompanies the writer, who has been celebrated as a genius, in order to write a portrait of him for Rolling Stone. During the journey, an at first hesitant, then gentle relationship develops that could almost be described as a friendship. They laugh a lot together, confess personal weaknesses to each other, talk about films, music and popular culture, with Lipsky recording their conversations. But the content of the tapes is never published. The End of the Tour is a warm road-movie full of humour and quiet melancholy that allows deep insights into the inner workings of a unsettled artistic soul.


James Adam Ponsoldt (*1978) became well-known for his films Smashed (2012) and The Spectacular Now (2013). The End of the Tour is based on David Lipsky's memories of his encounter with Foster Wallace, which he wrote up and published after the writer's suicide in 2008.



The End of the Tour

Fiction Feature





106 min

OV with German subtitles

James Ponsoldt

Donald Margulies

Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner

David Kanter, Matt Deross, James Dahl, Mark Manuel, Ted O'Neal

Jakob Ihre

Darrin Navarro

Danny Elfman

Gerald Sullivan

Sony Pictures

Modern Man Films; Anonymous Content; Kilburn Media

Susan Senk: susan.i.senk@gmail.com

Sponsors and Partners