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.”