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Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel

Directed by Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier
2022
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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Sat 11 Jun
8pm
Palace Norton Street
Past Event Cancel
Fri 17 Jun
8:15pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 2
Past Event Cancel
Sat 18 Jun
8:30pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 2
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
International Documentaries
Year
2022
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
USA, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Sweden
Language
In English
Director
Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier
Producer
Hanne Phylpo, Quentin Laurent
Cinematographer
Joachim Philippe, Virginie Surdej
Editor
Alain Dessauvage, Julie Naas, Marie-Hélène Dozo
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Women Directors, Documentary, Seniors
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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