Walking on Water

Walking on Water follows internationally renowned environmental 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, their stunning, site-specific masterpiece — which allows visitors to walk across a great stretch of water, buoyed by polyethylene cubes draped in luminous yellow fabric — was cleared to be mounted on Italy’s Lake Iseo at the foot of the Alps. But securing the location was only the first step in a tumultuous process of creative problem solving and prickly negotiations. Not one to suffer fools, Christo is a larger-than-life personality. And his director of operations, (and nephew) Vladimir Yavachev, is likewise a lion, helping Christo contend with bad weather, overcrowding, and maddening bureaucracy. Walking on Water gives us a rare look into the business of large-scale art production — and the sort of temperament required to bestow unto the world something that feels close to a miracle.

(Italy, Germany, United Arab Emirates, USA / 2018 / Directed by Andrey Paounov)
Unrated / 1 hr 45 mins.