Vancouver-headquartered Pacific Northwest Pictures (PNP) has acquired the Canadian rights to writer/director Riley Sterns’ The Art of Self-Defense. The dark comedy follows a timid bookkeeper who joins a neighborhood karate studio to protect himself by learning self-defense. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots and Alessandro Nivola, the film recently made its world premiere at South by Southwest (SXSW). PNP will release the film in theatres in Canada this July, alongside Bleecker Street Media in the U.S. PNP president Mark Slone negotiated the deal with Kent Sanderson, president, acquisitions and ancillary distribution at Bleecker Street Media.

This agreement marks PNP’s second collaboration with Bleecker Street Media. In March, PNP acquired the Canadian rights to writer/director Noble Jones’ The Tomorrow Man, with the duo set to release the film this spring in the U.S. and Canada. Most recently, PNP has also picked up the domestic rights to Canada/U.S./U.K. copro JT LeRoy , director Max Lewkowicz’s Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles and The Parts You Lose via a deal with Samuel Goldwyn.

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