The Art of Self-DefenseUnited States, 2019 : International Premiere
CUFF Secret Screening!
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.
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2019
Fantasia International Film Festival 2019
Riley Stearns is an American filmmaker best known for directing the films FAULTS (2014) and THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE (2019) and DUAL (2022).
Sarah Beth Shapiro