The Art Of Self-Defense
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The Art Of Self-Defense

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Sat Sep 14 8:00 PM

Cinema 1
General Admission
104 Mins
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Sun Sep 15

Dir. Riley Stearns | 104mins | USA | Comedy | Sydney Premiere | 2019

Official Selection: SXSW, MIFF, Seattle International Film Festival, NZIFF, Edinburgh Film Festival

 “The Art of Self-Defense feels like an instant offbeat comedy classic – one to be endlessly quoted and shared and revisited for years to come.” – Birth.Movies.Death 

“…Due to the vision of director Riley Stearns and his incredible production team, as well as a top-notch cast, the movie is as hilarious as it is unpredictable. It emerges as a strong early contender for best film of the year.” - Film Threat

Imagine Fight Club, penned by Paul Schrader and featuring the kind of characters that typically inhabit a Jared Hess film and you’re part way to picturing the one-of-a-kind oddity that is The Art of Self Defense. After a humiliating attack at the hands of group of bikers, mild-mannered accountant Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) enrols himself in a local karate class to try and reclaim his power. He quickly falls under the spell of his macho Sensei (a brilliantly deadpan Alessandro Nivola) and begins a dark transformation into precisely the kind of bully he once sought to overcome. As pointed as it is hilarious, The Art of Self-Defense is a darkly comic, often shocking takedown of toxic masculinity and cultural appropriation that intelligently explores the shortcomings of aggression while mining plenty of uncomfortable laughs along the way.

September
Sat Sep 14

Sun Sep 15

Cinema 1

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