Watch: Trailer For Dark Comedy ‘The Art Of Self-Defense’ Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, and Alessandro Nivola
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An official trailer for The Art of Self-Defense has been released by Bleecker Street.

The movie is a dark comedy from writer and director Riley Stearns (Faults), which stars Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, and Alessandro Nivola. It follows a weak man who, after a random attack, takes up karate to toughen up and learn how to defend himself.

You can find a synopsis for The Art of Self-Defense below along with the official trailer, a previously released teaser trailer if you missed it, and a poster.

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Director: Riley Stearns
Screenwriter: Riley Stearns
Cast: Leland Orser, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Ellis, Lance Reddick, Jon Gries, Leonard Earl Howze, Beth Grant
Snoot Entertainment
Not Rated | 93 Minutes
Release Date: March 9, 2013

Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious cult. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents set out to recruit Ansel Roth (Leland Orser), one of the world’s foremost authorities on mind control.

Ansel’s specialty, deprogramming cult members and returning them to their families, is not an exact science. Mistakes were made, lives were lost. Now, even his own book publisher is looking to break his legs. Ansel desperately needs the cash that Claire’s parents (played by Chris Ellis and Beth Grant) are offering to pay his debts and continue his meager existence.

And so Ansel kidnaps Claire and brings her to a remote motel for deprogramming. But Claire reveals herself to be a formidable challenge for the old pro; her belief is unshakeable and her logic is undeniable. She can even, she claims, turn invisible and walk through walls. A battle of will develops between the two, and as they delve deeper into each other’s minds, the question soon becomes, who is the one being deprogrammed?

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