Biography Dox

Cutie and the Boxer

Zachary Heinzerling
Screening time  
25.02. / Tuesday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 1  
26.02. / Wednesday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 4  
This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko.

A reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York story explores the 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 met with little commercial success after he moved 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 wife and assistant to an unruly, alcoholic husband. Over the course of their marriage, the roles have shifted. Now 80, Ushio 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.


Zachary Heinzerling

Zachary Heinzerling is a director and cinematographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked on several feature-length films for HBO, including three Emmy Award-winning documentaries as a field producer and camera operator. Cutie and the Boxer is his feature film debut.

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Cutie and the Boxer

2013, 82', DCP

Directed by:
Zachary Heinzerling

Zachary Heinzerling

Edited by:
David Teague

Yasuaki Shimizu

Patrick Burns, Zachary Heinzerling, Sierra Pettengill

Produced by:
Little Magic Films, Cine Mosaic, Ex Lion Tamer

Festivals & Awards:

Academy Awards 2014 – Best Feature Documentary Nomination; Sundance Film Festival 2013 – Directing Award; Tribeca Film Festival 2013  2nd place Audience Award ; Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2013 – Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award ; London Film Festival 2013 - Grierson Award – Special Mention