MWPAI Film Series: Walking on Water

Sinnott Family - Bank of Utica Auditorium
MWPAI Film Series
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2 and 7:30 pm

Directed by Andrey Paounov, 2019, Italy/United States, Not Rated, 105 min.

Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, renowned environmental artist Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before. We follow his visionary quest to install a wide golden walkway floating across the scenic Italian alpine Lake Iseo, looking like a heavenly dream but sturdy enough to support hundreds of thousands of people. Christo, now in his eighties, and Vladimir Yavachev, his stalwart director of operations, are passionate and stubborn about getting everything right despite bad weather, burdensome bureaucracy and a turnout of thousands more people than were expected. Funny at times, inspiring, and breathtakingly beautiful, the film takes the viewer on an intimate journey into Christo’s world amid mounting insanity—from complex dealings between art and state politics to engineering challenges, logistical nightmares, and the sheer force of mother nature. Through spectacular aerial views and fly-on-the-wall camerawork, we watch the artist’s extraordinary vision unfold, and get to know the man chasing it.

Open Caption Wednesdays

Both Wednesday screenings will feature Open Captions (subtitles) for the benefit of our deaf or hearing-impaired guests. Please be aware that this service is not always available from the film distributor, but will be provided whenever possible.

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Tickets are on sale 30 minutes prior to each screening.

  • Admission:
    $6 MWPAI Members
    $8 General Admission
    $4 Students
    Free for PrattMWP Students
  • Film Passbooks that don't expire:
    10 discounted admissions are available
    at the Performing Arts Ticket Office:
    $55 for MWPAI Members
    $75 for General Admission

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