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by Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier


The legendary Chelsea Hotel in New York City, an icon of 1960s counterculture and an artists’ refuge for over a century, has been under renovation for the past eight years and will soon reopen as a luxury hotel. 51 people, now all in their later years, still live amidst the scaffolding. Caught between fear and frenzy, some residents prepare for imminent upheaval as others protest against the hotel’s administration or hole up in their rooms. Against this backdrop of constant change, the film explores the utopian origins that contributed to the Chelsea’s mythical stature as well as questions the challenges it confronts in the future, as its residents, sold to capitalism, and walls themselves face a turning point in their common history.

international title: Dreaming Walls
original title: Dreaming Walls
country: Belgium, France, United States, Netherlands, Sweden
sales agent: Dogwoof
year: 2022
genre: documentary
directed by: Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier
screenplay: Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier
cinematography by: Virginie Surdej, Joachim Philippe
producer: Hanne Phlypo, Quentin Laurent
co-producer: Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Simone van den Broek, David Herdies
executive producer: Lori Cheatle
production: Clin d'oeil Films, Les Films de l'œil sauvage, Media International, Centre de l'Audiovisuel à Bruxelles (CBA), Basalt Film, Momento Film, Hard Working Movies (US)
backing: Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Eurimages

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