11th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 22-26, 2023 Globe Cinema

21st Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 18-28, 2024 Globe Cinema

The Art of Self-Defense

United States, 2019 : International Premiere
Archives 2019
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In Cinema Globe Cinema
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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.

OFFICIAL SELECTION
SXSW 2019
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2019
Fantasia International Film Festival 2019

DIRECTOR'S BIO
Riley Stearns is an American filmmaker best known for directing the films FAULTS (2014) and THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE (2019) and DUAL (2022).

details

104 minutes

credits

Director
Riley Stearns

Screenwriter
Riley Stearns

Cast
Jesse Eisenberg
Alessandro Nivola
Imogen Poots

Cinematographer
Michael Ragen

Editor
Sarah Beth Shapiro    

Official Website
https://why-karate.com

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