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Full Frame: Irish Folk Furniture / Cutie and the Boxer

Cinema 1 7:30pm - 9:25pm
Well-worn cupboards, dressers, and flour bins get a second life in this gentle and lighthearted take on contemporary Irish culture. Neglected pieces of furniture manifest the animated will to drag themselves out of storage and back into repaired and useful states. Freshly and somewhat magically painted, they make their way back into the homes and lives of families. As the old is made new again, ancestors appear and family stories are kept alive in the retelling. It’s a simple thing—the sheep stand by and watch, the crockery comes and goes. The furniture is not fancy, but the film is a refreshingly fanciful treat. TBW

Noriko met artist Ushio Shinohara in New York when she was nineteen years old. She was captivated by the struggling artist, even though he was twenty years her senior, and has been by his side ever since (over forty years), helping him to produce and navigate the sale of his art, mainly large-scale “boxing” paintings in which he literally punches paint from one edge of the canvas to the other. While Ushio’s work has garnered acclaim, it is still hard for the couple to make ends meet. Despite living in the shadows of her husband’s grand ideas and his demanding approach, Noriko has continued to make her own artwork. She develops a series of drawings entitled Cutie that reveal aspects of her challenging life with Ushio. When a curator expresses interest in the drawings, the attention intensifies the strain on Noriko and Ushio’s relationship. Through animations of her drawings and an intimate vantage on their lives, this exceptional film reveals the delicate intricacies of dreams, love, and true partnership—in art and in marriage. ST

FIlmmaker Q&A following screening

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  • Laura

    I didn't buy tickets ahead of time - does that mean I'm out of luck?

    April 4, 2013

    • Gregory M. B.

      Last min line open so you might still get a seat

      April 5, 2013

  • Kelly

    I hope y'all enjoy it!

    April 4, 2013

  • Kelly

    Oh no! I'm new to Full Frame and didn't think of advance purchase. The Irish one is the one I really wanted to see. :-(

    April 4, 2013

  • Allison

    As Shawna pointed out, Irish Folk Furniture is sold out. If anyone decides not to go, let me know. Perhaps, I can buy your ticket.

    April 4, 2013

  • Shawna

    I checked Full Frame site today (3/28) and this film is now sold out.

    March 28, 2013

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