Walking on Water

Directed by Andrey Paounov

Year: 2019
Running Time: 100
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: U.S., Italy
Language: English
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Walking on Water


Directed by Andrey Paounov

Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before. Boasting uncensored access to the artist and his team, Walking on Water is an unprecedented look at Christo’s process, from the inception through to the completion of his latest large-scale art installation, a dahlia-yellow walkway atop Italy’s Lake Iseo that was eventually experienced by over 1.2 million people. The film takes the viewer on an intimate journey into Christo’s world amid mounting madness – from complex dealings between art and state politics to engineering challenges, logistical nightmares, and the sheer force of mother nature. Captured through breathtaking aerial views and fly on the wall camerawork, we watch the artist’s vision unfold, and get to know the man chasing it.


“A compelling peek inside a singular creative mind.”

"Few artists deserve the moniker ‘maverick’ as much as Christo. 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."

"Rollicking! 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."

“Watching the eccentric luddite Christo bringing the installation to life is like watching a magician perform a drawn-out magic trick.”

"Highlight[s] the kind of practical headaches nearly no other artist in the world has to contend with."

"A rich, visual record of a monument to transience."


  • Official Selection – Locarno Film Festival

  • Official Selection – Toronto Film Festival

  • Official Selection – DOC NYC

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Venue City Date
Rose Theatre Port Townsend 1578200400January 5, 2020
Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland 1566878400August 27 - August 30, 2019
Southampton Arts Center Southampton 1566100800August 18, 2019
Aperture Cinema Winston Salem 1562817600July 11, 2019
Nevada Theatre Nevada City 1562472000July 7, 2019
Naro Expanded Cinema Norfolk 1561953600July 1, 2019
Symphony Space New York 1561867200June 30 - August 11, 2019
Liberty Theatre Camas 1561867200June 30 - July 2, 2019
Frontier Cafe Brunswick 1561694400June 28 - July 3, 2019
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit 1561694400June 28 - June 30, 2019
Kiggins Theatre Vancouver 1561694400June 28 - June 30, 2019
Time & Space Limited Hudson 1561608000June 27 - July 8, 2019
Cinema 21 Portland 1561089600June 21 - June 27, 2019
Hippodrome Theatre Gainesville 1561003200June 20 - June 30, 2019
Grand Cinema Tacoma Tacoma 1560830400June 18, 2019
Honolulu Museum of Art Honolulu 1560398400June 13 - June 19, 2019
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema Atlanta 1559880000June 7 - June 13, 2019
Landmark Kendall Square Cinema Boston 1559880000June 7 - June 13, 2019
Landmark Lagoon Cinema Minneapolis 1559880000June 7 - June 13, 2019
The Music Hall Portsmouth 1559793600June 6, 2019
Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1559620800June 4 - June 6, 2019
Landmark Ken Cinema San Diego 1559275200May 31 - June 6, 2019
Real Art Ways Hartford 1559275200May 31 - June 6, 2019
Landmark E Street Cinema Washington 1559275200May 31 - June 6, 2019
Speed Art Museum Louisville 1559275200May 31 - June 2, 2019
Northwest Film Forum Seattle 1559275200May 31 - June 13, 2019
Vancouver International Film Centre Vancouver 1558670400May 24 - May 30, 2019
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley 1558670400May 24 - May 30, 2019
Landmark Nuart Theatre Los Angeles 1558670400May 24 - May 30, 2019
Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema San Francisco 1558670400May 24 - May 30, 2019
Landmark Chez Artiste Denver 1558670400May 24 - May 30, 2019
Music Box Theatre Chicago 1558670400May 24 - May 30, 2019
Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe 1558670400May 24 - May 30, 2019
Austin Film Society Austin 1558670400May 24 - May 26, 2019
Film Forum New York 1558065600May 17 - May 23, 2019
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Toronto 1558065600May 17 - May 23, 2019
Montclair Film Festival Montclair 1556856000May 3 - May 12, 2019
Jacob Burns Film Center Pleasantville 1556856000May 3, 2019
Cornell Cinema Ithaca 1556683200May 1 - May 2, 2019
Cleveland International Film Festival Cleveland 1553745600March 28 - April 2, 2019
Hawaii International Film Festival Honolulu 1552536000March 14, 2019
Boulder International Film Festival Boulder 1551330000February 28 - March 3, 2019
Victoria Film Festival Victoria 1548997200February 1 - February 10, 2019
DOC NYC New York 1541653200November 8 - November 15, 2018
Toronto International Film Festival Toronto 1536206400September 6 - September 16, 2018

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