Belgium / France / Netherlands / Sweden 2022, 90 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

The ghosts of Leonard Cohen, Allen Ginsberg, Nico, Jim Morrison, and many many others still haunt the hallways of the Chelsea Hotel, but hearing them is not easy because of the renovations, which have been disturbing the aging residents’ peace for almost a decade now. Physically, very little remains of the iconic New York City hotel’s glory days, but the stories and memories are plentiful, and when the elderly residents who refuse to leave navigate the mess of cables and scaffolding—dust and stardust appear to intermix. The film interweaves delightful moments from the hotel’s bohemian past with footage of its present, which follows its remaining residents: eccentric artists whose uncertain housing situation does not prevent them from bravely dreaming on.

Previous Festivals: Berlinale, CPH:DOX

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Screening Schedule:
  • Sun 29.05 | 10:15 | Cinematheque 1
  • Tue 31.05 | 12:45 | Cinematheque 1
  • Sat 04.06 | 20:15 | Cinematheque 3
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

After­ studying­ film ­at ­the Belgian Film School ­IAD, ­Amélie ­worked ­as ­a casting director and assistant­ director with ­the French director Jacques­ Doillon­.­ In 2011 she­ directed ­and ­self-produced­ her ­first­ feature, ­Headfirst, which screened in Cannes’ ACID section and won the main award in New York First Time Festival. There, she met Martin Scorsese, who was the executive producer of her second feature, The Elephant &­ The Butterfly­ (2017)­ which premiered at ­­Tribeca ­and­ won­ the ­Grand ­Prize at ­Heartland­ International Film Festival. Amélie co-directed Dreaming Walls with Maya Duverdier and is currently working on a new fiction feature, to be produced by Les films du Fleuve.

After a bachelor in arts in France, Maya Duverdier obtained her Master's degree in cinema at the Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne with her documentary Jeanne Sans Arc (2014). Next to her work as a director and writer for Cinema and Documentary, she’s also active within various positions of film, television and advertising production. Dreaming Walls is Maya’s first feature documentary, which she co-directed with Amélie van Elmbt.

Production: Hanne Phlypo, Quentin Laurent, Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Simone van den Broek, David Herdies
Editing: Alain Dessauvage, Julie Naas, Marie-Hélène Dozo
Cinematography: Joachim Philippe, Virginie Surdej
Sound Design: Valérie Le Docte, Ted Krotkiewski, Patrick Southern, Deanna Williams, Taylor Roy, Matt Sutton
Music: Michael Andrews

Source: Dogwoof

Supporters & Broadcasters: Embassy of Belgium