Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling, Cutie and the Boxer is a soulful and unsentimental exploration of life and art via the 40-year love story of Ushio Shinohara and Noriko Shinohara, two Japanese artists who met and married in New York in the early 1970s.
The film was produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Patrick Burns and Sierra Pettengill. Kiki Miyake is the executive producer. David Teague is the editor and Yasuaki Shimizu is the composer.
RADiUS has slated a 2013 release.
As a rowdy young Neo-Dadaist artist in Tokyo, Ushio yearned for international recognition, so in 1969 he set sail for New York City. Nineteen-year-old Noriko came to New York to study art, where she met and fell in love with Ushio, 21 years her senior. Putting her own artistic ambitions on hold, Noriko dedicated herself to supporting her husband's career. Over the course of their marriage, the roles of assistant and artist have slowly begun to transform. Now 80, Ushio, widely known for his boxing painting, is obsessed with establishing his artistic legacy, while Noriko is at last finding her voice as an artist with a series of drawings entitled "Cutie and Bullie," depicting her own chaotic relationship with Ushio.
Here's what RADiUS co-president Tom Quinn had to say in a statement.
Director Zachary Heinzerling also released the following statement.
RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego negotiated the deal with Submarine's Josh Braun, Dan Braun and David Koh on behalf of the filmmakers.