Amélie van Elmbt and Maya Duverdier
Dreaming Walls
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Dreaming Walls

Dreaming Walls

Amélie van Elmbt and Maya Duverdier

2021
80 min.
Belgium, France, Netherlands and Sweden
English
Subtitles: Catalan

A requiem for the Chelsea Hotel. The old tenants have to leave to make way for luxury flats. Warhol's free spirit meets gentrification.

Datasheet

Show
Direction
Amélie van Elmbt and Maya Duverdier
Executive Production
Lori Cheatle
Distribution
Dogwoof
Production
Hanne Phlypo, Quentin Laurent
Co-production
Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Simone van den Broek, David Herdies
Guió
Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier
Synopsis

A requiem for the Chelsea Hotel produced by Martin Scorsese. The owners of the iconic building kick out the lifelong tenants to turn this counterculture symbol into luxury flats. The free spirit of the 60s meets real estate speculation. A cinematic journey through the legendary building as renovation work is carried out in the flats. Each door hides an amazing resident with a good story to share. A beautiful homage, that connects past and present without sentimentality, in a multidimensional portrait. The legacy of Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen and the Warhol entourage will never die.

About the direction
Amélie van Elmbt

Amélie van Elmbt

Co-Director

After studying film at the Belgian Film School IAD, Amélie ¬worked ¬as ¬a casting director and assis...

Maya Duverdier

Maya Duverdier

Co-Director

After a bachelor in arts in France, Maya Duverdier obtained her Master's degree in cinema at the Eco...

Awards and festivals

CPH:DOX
Dinamarca, 2022
Berlinale
Alemanya, 2022
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Reviews

Amélie Van Elmbt and Maya Duverdier propose a documentary that portrays the mythical Chelsea Hotel. A visit at once historical and phantasmagorical of this symbol of New York.

— Aurore Engelen, Cineuropa

It's a ghost story tormented by fame and celebrity, but in the end it's much more grounded and universal than that (...) Dreaming Walls opts in and achieves silent power.

— Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter
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