From Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, a film about the legendary Chelsea Hotel, an icon of 1960s counterculture and a haven for famous artists and intellectuals including Patti Smith, Janis Joplin and the superstars of Warhol’s Factory. The hotel is under renovation and soon it will reopen to the public as one of New York’s most fashionable luxury hotels. Dozens of long-term residents, most in their later years, have lived amidst the scaffolding and constant construction for close to a decade. Against this chaotic backdrop, DREAMING WALLS takes us through the hotel’s storied halls, exploring its living body and the bohemian origins that contributed to its mythical stature. Its residents and the walls themselves now face a turning point in their common history.


DIRECTORS: Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier
PRODUCERS: Hanne Phlypo, Quentin Laurent
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Martin Scorsese, Lori Cheatle
CO-PRODUCERS: Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Simone van den Broek, David Herdies
CINEMATOGRAPHERS: Joachim Philippe, Virginie Surdej
EDITORS: Alain Dessauvage, Julie Naas
COMPOSERS: Michael Andrews
DISTRIBUTED BY: Magnolia Pictures, Dogwoof, Folkets Bio, Cinema Delicatessen, Madmen Entertainment


“A ghost story haunted by fame and celebrity, but ultimately much more grounded and universal.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

“Engaging…an arty crowd-pleaser. The directors’ energy and poetic spirit are very much in keeping with the vibe of the Chelsea.”
– Screen Daily

“A mesmerizing documentary unlike most anything out there.”
– Collider

“Aficionados of New York history will devour Dreaming Walls.”
– HyperAllergic