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(Short, 2017)

Nicola's first short, which eventually went on to become the feature Goodbye, Petrushka.

Claire is a puppet-maker in New York; Thibaut, an ice skater in Paris. Each, in their own way, suffers from depression and creative block. But while one gives in, the other won't give up.


A story about inspiration: having it, losing it, finding it again, and never taking it for granted. (16 min., English and French with English subtitles) 

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"Creative Block is immediately and highly relatable ... [in] its two main characters, each viewer can find themselves [and their] decisions, defeat and success ... Determined to return color to Thibaut's life, Claire boards a NYC subway train, the darkness of the subway tunnels giving way to a transcontinental travel to the subways of France ... symbolic in that our passion can transcend all barriers, pushing us farther than we think possible."
— Stephanie Archer, Film Inquiry



Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

Yonkers Film Festival

New York Women in Film & Television Shorts Festival

IndieBOOM! Festival

Midnight Film Festival Winner: Best Director

Franklin International Independent Film Festival

Other Venice Film Festival

Oregon Cinema Arts Festival

Massachusetts Independent Film Festival 2 nominations

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema 3 nominations

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