• By Michael Ackerman
  • Posted Saturday, May 9, 2015

Cutie and the Boxer- June 3 at 6:00 pm at the Clemmons Branch

On Wednesday, June 3 at 6 pm at the Clemmons Branch Library, we're going to screen the Academy Award-nominated documentary Cutie and the Boxer, directed by Zachary Heinzerling. For years, Ushio Shinohara has been one of the leading, and most underappreciated, alternative artists in Japan and New York City with a wildly esoteric style. For many of those years, his wife, Noriko, has been a faithful companion to this idiosyncratic man, but grew to want more. This film covers the relationship of this special couple as Ushio struggles for commercial success on his own terms.

Meanwhile, we also follow Noriko pursuing her own artistic vision. Her semi-autobiographical line art project reveals much about her own soul as eloquently as her husband's chaotic work does his. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.

Light refreshments will be provided. A discussion will follow the screening. The film is rated R (for nude art images), so all minors must be accompanied by adults. This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series.

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