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WALKING ON WATER

12:30   2:35   4:45   7:00   9:15

Opens Friday, May 17 for an ongoing engagement

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DIRECTED BY ANDREY PAOUNOV

Christo and his late wife/partner Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) created some of the most visually breathtaking art installations of the postwar era, including Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties (1976), Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin (1995), and The Gates in Central Park (2005). The Floating Piers—an ambitious effort to create the effect of walking on water via a 3-kilometer walkway over Lake Iseo in Northern Italy—is Christo’s first large-scale project since Jeanne-Claude’s passing (the two conceived of the idea together). Filmmaker Andrey M. Paounov has rare access to Christo’s process, from inception to completion of the installation: thorny negotiations with local government, engineering challenges, crowd control, logistical nightmares and the sheer force of nature, captured through breathtaking aerial views and fly-on-the-wall cameras.

Presented with support from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Fund

USA / ITALY   2018   100 MINS.  IN ENGLISH AND ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES    KINO LORBER

Reviews

“Few artists deserve the moniker ‘maverick’ as much as Christo, and few documentarists are as attuned to the intersection of visual delight and strong personality as Andrey Paounov (THE BOY WHO WAS A KING)… WALKING ON WATER chronicles Christo’s glorious 2016 project in which he unfurled a golden path across Lake Iseo in northern Italy, designed to let people literally stride across the gently undulating surface. The artist’s forceful character does battle with technology, bureaucracy, corruption and the elements, resulting in an installation of stunning beauty and a documentary that delights in capturing the act of creation.”
– Jay Weissberg, Variety

“Rollicking. Christo is his own force of nature. The 83-year-old Christo strikes a fascinating figure, a tireless, uncompromising artist who thinks his work is, on the one hand, totally useless, but shows childlike joy when things finally work out.”
– Mark Peranson, Cinema Scope

“[A] rich, visual record of monuments to transience.”
– Andrew Karpan, Nonfics

“Watching the eccentric luddite Christo bringing the installation to life is like watching a magician perform a drawn-out magic trick.”
– Bedatri D. Choudhury, Hyperallergic