Kings of Pastry at Pacific Cinémathèque


Kings of Pastry

Netherlands/USA/United Kingdom/France 2009. Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker

With: Jacquy Pfeiffer, Sébastien Canonne, Regis Lazard, Philippe Rigollot, Nicolas Sarkozy

Colour, 35mm, in English and French with English subtitles. 87 mins.

December 17-19 + 22-23

Pacific Cinémathèque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

Kings of Pastry takes audiences into France’s prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (Best Craftsmen of France), an intense, high-stakes pastry competition that “combines the skills of a baker, the vision of an abstract artist and the hands of a bomb diffusion team” (San Francisco Chronicle). Pacific Cinémathèque presents the Vancouver Premiere and Exclusive First Run of this never-before-filmed test of France’s finest artisans, revealed by documentary veterans D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hedegus, makers of The War Room and Dont Look Back.

This is nothing less than the Olympics of pastry. The film follows several elite pastry chefs as they embark on an intense, remarkably nerve-wracking three days of mixing, piping, sculpting, and sugaring. The blue, white and red striped collar worn on the jackets of the winners is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef — it is a dream and an obsession. The finalists risk their reputations as well as sacrifice family and finances in pursuit of this lifelong distinction of excellence. You’ll be astonished that so much drama, suspense, humour, and heart-wrenching emotion are to be found in competitive pastry-making, and “by how devastating the collapse of a chocolate tower can be” (New York Times).


Friday, December 17 – 7:00pm

Saturday, December 18 – 4:30pm + 8:45pm

Sunday, December 19 – 4:30pm

Wednesday, December 22 – 7:00pm + 8:45pm

Thursday, December 23 – 7:00pm + 8:45pm

$10.50 Adult

$9.00 Senior/Student

$3 annual membership required

Pacific Cinémathèque

1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

24hr Film Infoline: 604 688 FILM

For more information on the film, visit

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