The acclaimed documentary Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets by directors Bill and Turner Ross will open in cinemas nationwide on 02 December 2021, distributed by UCM.ONE on the NONFY Documentaries label.
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and its international premiere at the Berlinale in the Panorama section the same year, before going on to have an impressive festival career despite the Corona pandemic. In Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets, the Ross brothers tell the story of the last day of a Las Vegas bar that has fallen victim to gentrification, blending documentary and fictional storytelling to create an impressive, compelling portrait of a community of people on the margins of society.
In the shadow of the bright lights of Las Vegas, the last round has come for a much-loved dive, the Roaring 20s, home and family substitute for a motley crew of regulars who find distraction from their rough everyday lives here. This is the basic idea of Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets, a film in which reality is as unreal as the world the regulars escape. It is a mosaic of very different life stories and tells of the last hours of a pub in which we meet people who grapple with the past while facing an uncertain future and who sing loudly while their ship goes down.
Filmmaking duo Bill and Turner Ross paint a portrait of a tiny world before the sinking, but one that still provides warmth and comfort to its inhabitants.
The filmmakers’ unusual and compelling approach to non-fictional storytelling makes for a foggy memory of events lost in empty shot glasses and clouds of smoke.