Walking on Water

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Walking on Water tracks the personal and professional journey of an artist emerging from a painful chapter to forge ahead on his creative path.

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Bulgarian director Andrey Paounov's documentary chronicles famed environmental artist Christo's first major project after the death of his wife and long-time collaborator Jeanne-Claude. With the help of his logistics team, he overcomes numerous challenges to realize his 2016 masterpiece "The Floating Piers": a surreal yellow floating walkway on Italy's Lake Iseo.

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  • The film does what it apparently sets out to do, which is to give some account of two statements Christo makes to a group of schoolchildren early on in the proceedings: "I love real things," and, "When you are an artist, you are all the time artist."

    Jul 19, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There's some dry in "Walking on Water," though not much. There's a fair amount of wet. As for joy, that there is in abundance.

    Jun 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Rather than focus on the engineering and logistics of "Piers," which actually sound really intriguing, the filmmaker trains his camera on general bickering and whining instead to an almost unpleasant degree.

    May 29, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's still possible to gasp at what is shown us in Walking on Water, if only from a logistical standpoint. The massive planning required for such a project is revealed in mind-numbing detail.

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • It is when Paounov reveals Christo's leonine qualities that "Walking on Water" achieves a rare authenticity.

    May 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Art isn't easy, we all know that. But does it also have to be this crazy?

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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