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Oscar Watch: Cutie and the Boxer

Powerful and poignant documentary, Cutie and the Boxer, is about the chaotic forty year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara. This New York tale is a reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit.

The film–filled with plenty of scenes around their DUMBO apartment and studio–is currently an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary. Zachary Heinzerling, director of Cutie and the Boxer, discusses the film and Oscar nomination with the NY Times. “The film is really a study in contrasts,” Mr. Heinzerling said. “You have this brash, bold, childlike purist action painter who has no interest in self-examination or self-reflection, no interest in the past, and then you have this slight, precious female who is carefully making these small drawings and is obsessed with the past and very introspective. They are opposites, making opposite but equally valid forms of art.”

As for the Brooklyn couple preparing for the Oscars, “Ushio was poor growing up, and when he sold his first major work in the early 1960s, he immediately bought a tuxedo to go to the opening of his show. It still fits him because he’s in great shape, and he’s going to wear it to the Oscars,” Heinzerling tells the NY Times. “And Noriko was talking about wearing a kimono, which I think would be really nice. I keep thinking about them in relation to all the other stars on the red carpet and spicing up a sometimes ridiculous feeling. It’s going to make it quirky and funky, and I want them to be seen, much more than myself.”
You can read the whole “Caught Between Cutie and the Boxer” interview here, and tune in for the Oscars on Sunday, March 2nd to catch the results!