Both films are directed by European filmmakers. Both films open today, Friday, July 8th. And, finally, both films are executive produced by Martin Scorsese.
The co-directors of “Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel” a new documentary about the transition of the historic landmark, filmmakers Maya Duverdier and Amélie van Elmbt are the guests. 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 Chelsea Hotel is nearly completed after a renovation and has recently reopened to the public. Dozens of long-term residents, many 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. The film opens in select theaters today, Friday, July 8th and on VOD.
And, for her first time on the show, Croatian-born and New York City-based filmmaker Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović with her first feature film “Murina”. On a remote island along Croatia’s Adriatic coast, 17-year-old Julija spends her days diving for eel with her domineering father Ante and watching other teens party on a nearby yacht. Julija bristles at Ante’s heavy handed cruelty and resents her mother Nela’s passivity. She longs for independence but is unsure how to achieve it, until the arrival of the rich and mysterious Javier seems to offer a way out. The film was a 2021 Cannes Camera d’Or winner.