The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of Self-Defense

credit: Bleecker Street

The dark comedy "The Art of Self-Defense" stars Jesse Eisenberg and is set in the world of karate. Eisenberg plays a man 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.

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Riley Stearns


Director: Riley Stearns
Executive Producer: Andrew Karpen, Munika Lay, Kent Sanderson, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner
Producer: Cody Ryder, Andrew Kortschak, Stephanie Whonsetler, Walter Kortschak
Screenwriter: Riley Stearns
Cinematographer: Michael Ragen
Editor: Sarah Beth Shapiro
Production Designer: Charlotte Royer
Music: Heather Mcintosh
Principal Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots


Bleecker Street
Publicity Contact
Kory Mello

Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Comedy
Screening Section: Narrative Spotlight
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 104:09 mins