If you think making a soufflé for dinner guests is just too nerve-racking, wait until you see the documentary Kings of Pastry (2009) and the astonishing entries that are put together for the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France award. Every four years, aspiring (and perspiring) master pâtissiers meet in competition and battle for the prestigious red, white and blue collar that, once bestowed on the winner, is never taken off again. For those who know their cookies, this is the ultimate sugar rush. Husband and wife filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (Jerry Lee Lewis: The Story of Rock & Roll and Searching for Jimi Hendrix) follow three participants in their exacting, scientific and compulsive desire to be the best in an extremely competitive field. You'll never think of Betty Crocker the same way. 5 and 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org/films. $6 to $7.
Fri., Oct. 29, 7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 30, 1 & 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 31, 1 p.m., 2010