CUFF DOCS PREVIEW: CUTIE AND THE BOXER

82 min./USA/2013/ English, Japanese

Directed & Produced by Zachary Heinzerling

Screens: November 23, 7 p.m.

Directing Award: U.S. Documentary 2013 SUNDANCE Film Festival, 2nd Place Audience Award Tribeca Film Festival 2013

An intimate reflection on love, sacrifice and the creative spirit, this candid New York story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned “boxing” painter, Ushio Shinohara, and his artist wife, Noriko.

As a rowdy, confrontational young artist in Tokyo, Ushio seemed destined for fame, moving to New York City in 1969. When 19-year-old Noriko moved to New York to study art, she fell in love with Ushio, abandoning her education to become the wife and assistant to an unruly, alcoholic husband. Over the course of their marriage, the roles have shifted. Now 80, Ushio struggles to establish his artistic legacy, while Noriko is at last being recognized for her own art. Spanning four decades, the film is a moving portrait of a couple wrestling with sacrifice, disappointment and aging, against a background of lives dedicated to art.

By Team CUFF

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