Walking on Water
Directed by Andrey Paounov. In the 1970s, environmental artist Christo and his wife, Jeanne-Claude (both born on the same day in the same year), conceived a project called Floating Piers. For various reasons, the project never went forward. After Jeanne-Claude’s death in 2009, Christo decided to make their project a reality. He would craft a massive floating segmented bridge, covered in golden fabric, across Lake Iseo in Italy. For 16 days, people would connect profoundly with nature and have the experience of Walking on Water. This documentary does far more than detail the intense mechanics and political maneuvering of bringing Christo’s vision into being. It is an unfiltered look into the soul of an artist whose passions are as elemental as the waters and weather that constantly challenge the project. As the opening day approaches, issues of crowd control, brutal storms, and inept politicians begin to pale next to the volcanic force that is Christo. Walking on Water brilliantly captures this amazing creative feat and the extraordinary creative mind behind it. (In English and Italian with subtitles) —C.R.
The CMA is the festival’s community partner on the movie. (2019, USA/Italy, 100 min.)
Admission $16, CIFF members $14, students and seniors $14 (on day of show). Use code CMA and receive $1 off the ticket price of any regular CIFF screening. For advance tickets, visit www.clevelandfilm.org. Tickets are not available at the CMA ticket center.