The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

Degas: Passion for Perfection

United Kingdom | 2018 | 91 min
English | Subtitles in French
Music: Asa Bennett
Director: David Bickerstaff


Painter and sculptor, widely recognized as a founding member of the Impressionist movement, Edgar Degas (1834–1917) is known for his masterful technique and style, as well as his melancholic portraits that breathe with life. Taking viewers to a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, this documentary tells the fascinating story of an artist in constant pursuit of perfection. A detailed analysis of his work and written accounts by friends and experts reveal the complex truth behind one of the most influential and inventive French artists of the late 19th century.


David Bickerstaff

David Bickerstaff is an artist and award-winning filmmaker who founded Atomictv in 1997 as an umbrella organisation for developing digital art projects and collaborations. His CD-roms and video works such as Channel 14, Muhammad Speaks, Forró, Braunschweig Tourist, and Heavy Water: a film for Chernobyl have been shown both in Britain and internationally. David’s video and immersive works have been selected for various festivals including onedotzero (London and world tour), Sonar (Spain), Champ Libre (Montreal), FILE (Sao Paulo), with recent screenings at Tate Modern, Festival International du Film sur L'Art, Montreal and the documentary fortnight at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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