Once a rising star in the ’70’s New York art scene, 80-year-old “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara is prepping for his latest show, hoping to reinvigorate his career. His wife and de facto assistant, Noriko, seeks her own recognition through her “Cutie” illustrations, which depict their chaotic 40-year marriage. CUTIE AND THE BOXER captures two lives united by a dedication to art-making for a touching meditation on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice. Director Zachary Heinzerling joins us for to talk about his touching film about a relationship that defies an easy explanation.
Now Playing at the Nuart Theatre
Director Zachary Heinzerling In Person Fri, Aug 16 at 7:30 & 9:40pm!
“Cutie and the Boxer is more than a great documentary. It’s a great film.” – Joe Morganstern, Wall Street Journal
“A movie that makes you feel less like a spectator than a guest, a friend welcomed into the home of an odd and fascinating couple”. – A. O. Scott, New Yorker Times
“As a documentary and a love story, Cutie and the Boxer is nothing short of breathtaking. There’s a nimbleness to the storytelling that always keeps you involved…It’s not mushy but it is resonantly heartfelt.” – Drew Taylor, The Playlist
“Cutie and the Boxer” is one of the most unsentimental and unstinting portraits of marriage ever brought to the screen…” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com