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Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier

Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel

Official Selection 80' - 2022 - Documentary - Dialogue: English
Director: Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier Composer: Michael Andrews
Just before the iconic Chelsea Hotel gets a thorough facelift, documentary makers Maya Duverdier and Amélie van Elmbt delve into the past of this symbol of sixties counterculture.
Built between 1883 and 1885, the Chelsea Hotel is one of the most famous buildings in New York City, if not in the world. There, Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey, Sid Vicious's girlfriend Nancy was found stabbed to death, and it proved to be a magnet for imaginative artistic talent such as Jim Morrison. In 2019, documentary filmmakers Maya Duverdier and Amélie van Elmbt travelled to the iconic hotel. Before it transforms into a luxurious hotel, they wanted to talk to some of the residents who keep the hotel's rebellious artistic spirit alive until its last gasp. The result is an oral history that sketches life in the hotel in diverse anecdotes. The tenant of Janis Joplin's suite, for example, has even kept one of musician's soaps. "She probably never used it anyway, for what I know of her."

"Dreaming Walls is something of a final throe offered up to the Chelsea Hotel by Van Elmbt and Duverdier, as if their job were to stare at this fading soul on screen, ahead of its demise, in order to transfer it to other premises and other times." - Cineuropa

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Credits

Director

Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier

Composer

Michael Andrews

Scenario

Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier

Director of Photography

Joachim Philippe, Virginie Surdej

Editor

Alain Dessauvage, Julie Naas, Marie-Hélène Dozo

Producer

Quentin Laurent, Hanne Phlypo

Executive Producer

Martin Scorsese, Lori Cheatle

Production studios

Clin d'oeil Films

Distributor

Dalton Distribution

More information

Dialogue

English

Countries of production

Belgium, United States of America, Netherlands, France, Sweden

Year

2022

Filmography

Amélie van Elmbt
Headfirst (2012), Drôle de père (2017), Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel (2022)
Maya Duverdier
Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel (2022)

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