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PBS Premiere: September 18, 2015


The Academy Award®-nominated Cutie and the Boxer is a moving account of the chaotic and unconventional 40-year love affair and creative partnership between action painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko, also an artist. Ushio, who punches canvases with paint-laden gloves, is famous in Japan and in Manhattan’s art circles, yet wider recognition has eluded him. Noriko, 21 years his junior, put her artistic ambitions on hold to be a wife and mother — and an assistant to her demanding husband. Now, Noriko’s acclaimed “Cutie” series of drawings, depicting the relationship between the title character and a volatile figure named Bullie, is turning their world upside down. Winner, Directing Award: U.S. Documentary, 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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Cutie and the Boxer

Premiere Date: September 18, 2015

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Zachary Heinzerling Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Critical Acclaim | Press Release


Zachary Heinzerling
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Critical Acclaim

For all of the eccentricities that come in any telling of an artist’s life, Cutie and the Boxer’s real magic is in so beautifully telling a familiar story of husbands and wives”

— Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

Gathers force slowly, but with such wisdom and calm mastery that I found myself stunned, toward the end, by the beautiful vastness of it all”

— Joe Morganstern, The Wall Street Journal

Cutie and the Boxer,” like all truly noteworthy films, takes you by surprise with its unexpected twists and revelations”

Heinzerling’s beautifully shot, painfully intimate look at the aging couple’s struggle to survive amid personal and financial strain is both heartbreaking and intricately profound. This is a story about creative desire so strong it hurts. Criticwire Grade: A”

— Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Mr. Heinzerling is an artist. . . . The window he has opened onto the lives of his subjects is a powerful and beautiful visual artifact in its own right”

— A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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