In its fifth acquisition of the Sundance Film Festival, RADiUS-TWC has acquired North American and French rights to Zachary Heinzerling’s “Cutie and the Boxer.” The competition film won the U.S. documentary directing award Saturday night at the festival’s awards ceremony.
“Cutie and the Boxer” looks deeply into the lives, complex relationship and work of Japanese artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara. Lydia Dean Pilcher, Patrick Burns and Sierra Pettengill produced. Kiki Miyake is the executive producer.
“The beauty and complexity of the Shinoharas’ love affair and their art is nothing short of stunning,” said RADiUS co-president Tom Quinn. “Zachary has made a mesmerizing and unforgettable portrait of artistic genius.”
Submarine Entertainment handled the sale for the filmmakers.
Earlier in the festival, RADiUS picked up North American rights to “Twenty Feet From Stardom” and English-speaking rights to “Inequality for All” — both also U.S. documentary competition films. The Weinstein Co. division also grabbed the narrative dramas “Lovelace” and “Concussion.”
RADiUS has scheduled “Cutie and the Boxer” for a 2013 release. Other forthcoming films include “Only God Forgives,” “Erased” and “The Unknown Known.”