Director George Clooney and Ryan Gosling joke over a deer-in-the-headlights stare as they take a break from promoting the movie The Ides of March at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2011. The actors are just two of several stars who dropped by photographer Jeff Vespa’s Toronto studio; check daily throughout the festival to see more celebrity portraits made exclusively for LIFE. Check out the full gallery on LIFE.com
A nose that won’t stop bleeding creates an emotional outburst from our nameless protagonist. In his desperation, the man seeks increasingly extreme methods to stop the blood and numb the pain. Finally, his self-destructive acts prove to be futile and the root of the problem reveals itself.
First time director Jeff Vespa relies on his background as a photographer as he, using playful and creative camera work and elegant lighting, creates a raw and gritty movie. Nosebleed deals with the turmoil of heartbreak, and the difficulty of dealing with suffering and grief.
– 2008 Stockholm Film Festival Catalog
Check out the listing for Nosebleed at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival – Semaine de la Critique