Dreaming Walls

Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier

Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, 2021 / 95 min / English OV with French subt. / Documentary

The legendary Chelsea Hotel, an icon of 1960s counterculture - former residents and regulars have included Patti Smith, Jim Morrison, Robert Mapplethorpe and the superstars of Warhol's factory - an artists’ refuge for over a century, will soon reopen as a luxury hotel. The film grants us access to the artists‘ apartments and interweaves the past with the present.

Sat 05/03 19:00 Ciné Utopia ENG OV with FR.subt Public
Sun 06/03 16:00 Cinémathèque ENG OV with FR.subt Public
Fri 11/03 21:15 Cinémathèque ENG OV with FR.subt Public

"A documentary portrait of the legendary Chelsea Hotel, paying a historic, fantasy visit to this bohemian New York Mecca" Aurore Engelen, Cineuropa, 12/02/2022

  • Panorama Audience Award Nominee Documentary Film, Berlin International Film Festival, 2022 (Germany)
Cast & Credits
Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook, Ellora Torchia, Shaun Thomas, Natalie Gavin, Mona Goodwin, Krupa Pattani, Vinny Dhillon, Tasha Connor, Macy Shackleton, Ariana Bodorova, Sarlota Nagyova, Sienna Afsar, Uzair Ali, Abid Yaqoob, Rashid Hussain, Kamal Kaan
Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier
Clin d’Oeil Films ; Producteurs : Basalt Film

Amelie van Elmbt

After­ studying­ film ­at ­the Belgian Film School ­IAD ­, ­Amélie ­worked ­as ­a casting director and­ assistant­ director with ­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 executive produced her second feature, THE ELEPHANT &­ THE­ BUTTERFLY­ (2017)­ which ­premiered at ­­Tribeca ­and­ won­ the ­Grand ­Prize ­at ­Heartland­ International Film Festival. Amélie codirected DREAMING WALLS with Maya Duverdier and is currently working on a new fiction feature, to be produced by Les films du Fleuve.

Maya Duverdier

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 codirected with Amélie van Elmbt.