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The Art of Self-Defense
Archived: The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

director: Riley Stearns

composer: Heather McIntosh
With: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots, a.o.

duration: 104 minutes
Comedy, Thriller

Official Selection - Global Cinema
Film Fest Gent - The Art of Self-Defense

In 'The Art of Self-Defense,' Jesse Eisenberg plays a persnickety accountant, who studies French, dines alone, owns a wiener dog, is often mistaken for a woman on the phone, and makes photocopies of porn rags. His attempts at making friends at the office are largely ignored. One night, Casey gets robbed at gunpoint by a group of bikers, causing his fears to escalate. He's determined to buy a firearm to protect himself, but his plans change when he passes by a karate class. Under the tutelage of Sensei (Alessandro Nivola) the nerdy, wimpy Casey is transformed into an aggressive bully.


director: Riley Stearns
composer: Heather McIntosh
producer: Andrew Kortschak , Walter Kortschak , Cody Ryder, Stephanie Whonsetler
screenplay: Riley Stearns
Editor: Sarah Beth Shapiro
Cinematography: Michael Ragen

production company: End Cue

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: Dutch subt.
Country: United States of America
year: 2019


RILEY STEARNS: Magnificat (2011, shorts), Casque (2012, short), The Cub (2013, short), Faults (2014), The Art of Self-Defense (2019).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:1,85


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