‘End of the Tour’ tells story of journalist’s intense interview with acclaimed novelist

“The End Of The Tour,” a film that tells the true story of a five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter and novelist David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, will be screened in Moab on Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m. at Star Hall, 159 E. Center St.

The film, directed by James Ponsoldt, features Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky and Jason Segel as Wallace and focuses on the five-day interview that took place soon after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking novel, “Infinite Jest.” As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject as the two men share laughs and also possibly reveal hidden frailties, but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. During the course of the interview, they discuss a wide variety of subjects, and Wallace admits to struggles with alcohol, although he does not provide details. When Lipsky brings up that Wallace briefly underwent voluntary institutionalization and was under suicide watch, the issue causes some friction.

The interview was never published, and five days of audiotapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about his time interviewing Wallace, “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself.” Lipsky wrote the memoir 12 years after the initial interview, following Wallace’s 2008 suicide.

“The End of the Tour” has received critical praise, with New York Times film critic A.O. Scott calling the film “about as good as it gets,” and the Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday writing that it is a “five-day conversation you won’t want to end.”

The film is being screened in Moab through a collaboration between the Grand County Public Library and the Utah Film Center.