The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of Self-Defense

A FILM BY: Riley Stearns
WRITTEN BY: Riley Stearns
STARRING: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots

A dark comedy set in the world of karate. The film centers on Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), who is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman (Imogen Poots) fighting for her place in it. Casey undertakes a journey, both frightening and darkly funny, that will place him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor.

"The Art Of Self-Defense is a singular work, brimming with ideas, by a budding visionary with a hell of a lot to say." - Randall Colbun, Consequence of Sound

"A darkly comic look at toxic masculinity." - Ryan Oliver, The Playlist

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 104 mins
Format: DCP