IDFA Special: Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (online event)

    On July 1st, join us for the very first online IDFA Special. Watch festival hit Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets from the comfort of your couch and ask the filmmakers all you want to know during the virtual Q&A. Please note that this event is available to stream from within the Netherlands only. Already have a ticket? You can access the livestream from July 1, 20:00 by logging in below.

    Buy a ticket for this event

    This is a live event that takes place online. Participation is via a special page on the IDFA website. After purchasing the ticket, you will receive access approximately 30 minutes before the event starts.

    July 1, 2020 — 6:30 PM — 7.50

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    Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

    Daylight only occasionally seeps into the Roaring 20s, a dive bar on the outskirts of Las Vegas. For many regulars this bar serves as their second living room, but for Michael, a washed-up actor who sweeps the bar after closing hours, it's his sole refuge. From tomorrow on, this will all be gone. Roaring 20s closes it doors for good, and Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets records the final 24 hours of its existence.

    The guests that trickle in form a cross-section of society: old, young, white, black, woman, man—and anything in between. The evening progresses, and as the alcohol flows and the final "last call" approaches, personal drama comes to the surface. Stories of loneliness, loss and disenchantment, drunken reproaches and declarations of love bring to the fore the comforting warmth that holds this accidental family of barflies and tapsters together.

    In a tribute to the American dive bar that evokes unexpected feelings of nostalgia, brothers Bill and Turner Ross employ the stylistic characteristics of cinéma vérité to depict a phenomenon that transcends time, place, and reality.


    • Wednesday July 1, 2020 (online)
    • Streaming begins: 20:00
    • Start program: 20:30
    • Tickets €7,50 | Friends of IDFA/CJP €6,-
    • Only available within the Netherlands

    IDFA's artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia will provide an introduction. After the screening, film critic Dana Linssen will speak to filmmakers Bill Ross and Turner Ross. The chat box will be open to questions from the audience. The event will be in English.

    Practical info

    You can order your ticket through the link at the top of this page. Log into your MyIDFA account, or register if you don't have one yet.

    On July 1st, you'll be able to access the livestream from 20:00 onwards by logging in on this page.

    Please note that this event is available to stream from within the Netherlands only.

    Trailer for Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets