Sundance Film Festival: Cutie and the Boxer

Posted January 22, 2013 in

Photo Credit: Patrick Burns

Cutie and the Boxer
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Zachary Heinzerling

One of my favorite films of Sundance 2013, Cutie and the Boxer, more than anything, is a beautiful love story. In this fantastic directorial debut, Zachary Heinzerling captures the tumultuous and oftentimes dissatisfying relationship between Japanese artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara. Meeting in New York in the early '70s, Ushio and Noriko have been together for over 40 years, enduring the typical struggles that come with being artists in NYC: financial stress, wavering success and [Ushio's] ego. The story focuses on Noriko's disappointment but unrelenting love for Ushio, who is known for his "boxing" painting and is now 80 years old, and her gradual freedom from the weight of his artistic condescension. Heinzerling melts into their present lives inconspicuously, including Noriko's comic-style watercolor paintings as animations along with vintage video footage to narrate the couple's past, combining all mediums seamlessly into a narrative film that is fresh and bright and always engaging. For all of you locals out there, Ushio Shinohara's sculptures and boxing paintings will be on display at the new CUAC Contemporary Art Gallery, 175 E. 200 S. in Salt Lake until March 10. Ushio actually visited CUAC and gave a performance of his boxing painting earlier this week, which you can see in the video below. Don't miss out on this film or the gallery!




Time: 1.22, 12:00 PM Venue: Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City

Time: 1.24, 2:45 PM Venue: Library Center Theatre, Park City

Time: 1.25, 12:00 PM Venue: Egyptian Theatre, Park City

Photo Credit: Patrick Burns Photo Credit: Erik Jonsson