Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Walking On Water


Year: 2019
Country: USA, ITALY
Run Time: 100 minutes

Walking On Water
Walking On Water
Walking On Water
Walking On Water

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.

CIFF43 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 04, 2019 at 2:25 PM

Cleveland Museum of Art - Gartner Auditorium

Saturday, April 06, 2019 at 12:25 PM

Film Is Art

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition


Andrey Paounov

Andrey Paounov is a Bulgarian writer and director best known for his documentary feature films. His projects have been featured and won awards at film festivals worldwide.

Georgi and the Butterflies (2004), The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories (2007) – CIFF32, The Boy Who Was King (2011), WALKING ON WATER (2018)

Izabella Tzenkova, Valeria Giampietro

Simone D'Arcangelo, Anastas Petkov, Pietro Daviddi, Antonio Ferrera, Snejina Latev, Martina Cocco, Debora Vrizzi, Wedigo von Schultzendorff, Franco Piroli,

Andrey Paounov, Anastas Petkov

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