Jesse Eisenberg’s ‘Art of Self-Defense’ Lands at Bleecker Street

Variety | 9/11/2017 | Staff
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Bleecker Street has bought worldwide distribution rights to Riley Stearns’ dark comedy “The Art of Self-Defense,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, and Alessandro Nivola.

Principal photography begins Monday in Kentucky. The film is written and directed by Stearns (“Faults”), and produced by End Cue.

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Eisenberg plays a man who is attacked on the street and enlists in a dojo — led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei (Nivola) — in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence, hypermasculinity, and a woman — played by Poots — fighting for her place in it.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with an exciting filmmaker like Riley,”...
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