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Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel

Directed by Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier
United States
80 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Belgian filmmakers Maya Duverdier and Amélie Van Elmbt examine the legacy of New York’s iconic Chelsea Hotel and meet its last remaining residents. Berlinale Panorama 2022.
Immortalised in song by Leonard Cohen and in cinema by Andy Warhol, the Chelsea Hotel served as a magnet for artists, writers and musicians for over 100 years. Dylan Thomas, Janis Joplin, Madonna and Sid Vicious are among those who stayed in Manhattan’s famously bohemian hub. But those days are long over. The Chelsea is now in its ninth year of renovations, leaving only a handful of residents who refused to take the money and leave. Amid the clatter of construction, we meet the fascinating people who still call these walls home and are fighting to preserve at least some of its rich history. Ghosts from the Chelsea’s past are lovingly woven into this elegiac portrait of its precarious present and uncertain future.
For a place with so much sensationalism in its DNA — this is, after all, where Nancy Spungen was found murdered, among other mysteries and tragedies – Dreaming Walls opts for and achieves a quiet power.
 Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter
Aficionados of New York history will devour Dreaming Walls, though it obviously comes with hefty melancholy. There are pieces of beauty interspersed with the wistfulness, though, often manifesting in unexpected ways.
Dan Schindel, Hyperallergic


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Palace Norton Street
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Dendy Newtown - Cinema 2
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Sat 18 Jun
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Program Strand
International Documentaries
Unclassified 15+
USA, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Sweden
In English
Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier
Hanne Phylpo, Quentin Laurent
Joachim Philippe, Virginie Surdej
Alain Dessauvage, Julie Naas, Marie-Hélène Dozo
Australian Premiere
Women Directors, Documentary, Seniors
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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