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After he’s attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), and hardcore brown belt Anna (Imogen Poots), Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence for the first time in his life. But when he attends Sensei’s mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor. Audacious and offbeat, The Art of Self-Defenseis an original dark comedy that takes toxic masculinity to absurd extremes.
Written & Directed by:Riley Stearns
Cast:Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
Genre: Comedy
Run Time:104 minutes
MPAA Rating:R
SXSW Film Festival Screenings
Sunday, March 10, 2:45PM, Paramount Theatre *World Premiere*
Tuesday, March 12, 11:00AM, Atom Theater at Austin Convention Center
Friday, March 15, 7:45PM, Stateside Theatre
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