Tuesday, January 7th, 7:30pm
Albert Maysles and Oscar Buzz Presents: Cutie and the Boxer
(Oscar winning documentaries, nominees
and shortlisted films.)
Curated by Jenna Bond Louden
Zachary Heinzerling, 2013, 82 mins.
Shortlisted for the 2014 Best Documentary Feature Oscar, Cutie and the Boxer is a reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York documentary 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, but he is met with little commercial success after he moves to New York City in 1969, seeking international recognition. When 19-year-old Noriko moved to New York to study art, she fell in love with Ushio—abandoning her education to become the unruly artist’s wife and assistant. Over the course of their marriage, their roles shifted. Now 80, Ushio still struggles to establish his artistic legacy, while Noriko is at last being recognized for her own art—a series of drawings entitled “Cutie,” depicting her challenging past with Ushio. Spanning four decades, the film is a moving portrait of a couple wrestling with the eternal themes of sacrifice, disappointment and aging, against a background of lives dedicated to art.
Q&A with director Zachary Heinzerling and subjects Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, moderated by Jenna Bond Louden.