Walking on Water
Directed by Andrey Paounov
“An installation of stunning beauty and a documentary that delights in capturing the act of creation.” —Jay Weissberg, Variety
Walking on Water follows internationally renowned contemporary artist Christo on his quest to realize The Floating Piers, originally conceived in 1970 by Christo and his late wife and collaborator, Jeanne-Claude. In 2016, seven years after Jeanne-Claude’s death, this stunning, site-specific masterpiece was finally cleared to be mounted on Italy’s Lake Iseo, which lies at the foot of the Alps. But securing a location proved to be only the first step in a tumultuous process of creative problem solving and difficult negotiations.
An illuminating portrait of a master artist and the arduous business of bringing an ambitious work to life, Walking on Water gives us a rare and entertaining look into the business of large-scale art production. In July 2016, Floating Piers attracted over 1.2 million visitors. 2019, Italy/U.S., DCP, in English and Italian with English subtitles, 105 minutes. Recommended for 13+.