Two of the buzziest films to emerge from Sundance 2015 were “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” and “The End of the Tour.” These may be Summer releases, but don’t count them out of the year-end awards race.
A moving and tender story of female sexuality in full bloom set in ’70s San Francisco, Marielle Heller’s “Diary of a Teenage Girl” opens from Sony Pictures Classics on August 7. Kristen Wiig shines as the hard-living mother of titular Minnie, played by spectacular newcomer Bel Powley, who takes up an affair with mom’s hunky boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard).
A24, meanwhile, will give James Ponsoldt’s “End of the Tour” an early start going into the 2015 Oscar corridor for Jesse Eisenberg, who plays journo David Lipsyky, opposite Jason Segel’s David Foster Wallace. Based on Lipsky’s memoir “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself,” the film tracks his five-day 1996 immersion with writer Wallace during his “Infinite Jest” days. The film bows theatrically July 31 after opening New York’s BAMcinemaFest on June 17.