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Cutie and the Boxer

February 16, 2014

USA | 2013 | 81 minutes | Zachary Heinzerling

This intimate, funny, and uncompromising portrait of love and marriage explores the 40-year relationship of renowned “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife, Noriko. With DocBrunch treat of colorful fruit salad and Q&A with guest to be announced.

Ushio and Noriko Shinohara are artists of Japanese descent who have struggled on the periphery of New York City's avant-garde art scene for decades. Ushio became known in the 1960s for his neo-Dadaist sculptures and "boxing" paintings, made by punching a canvas with paint-covered boxing gloves. Noriko is finally making a name for herself with her "Cutie" series of R. Crumb-like illustrations depicting her relationship with Ushio. Together for nearly 40 years, they have had their share of joys, disappointments, laughter, and resentment. Director Zachary Heinzerling explores this unique love story that stubbornly refuses to follow an easy or conventional path.

"More than a great documentary. It’s a great film." – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"One of the most unsentimental and unstinting portraits of marriage ever brought to the screen." - Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

Director: Zachary Heinzerling
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 81 minutes
Website: http://www.cutieandtheboxer.com/
Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2013 (U.S. Documentary Directing Award)
Language: English, Japenese
Format: DCP
US Distributor: RADiUS-TWC
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