D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus turn their sights on the competition for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (MOF), France’s Nobel Prize for pastry. Sixteen chefs whip up the most gorgeous, gravity-defying concoctions, with much edge-of-the-seat drama as they deliver their fantastical, spun-sugar sweets to the display table. The inevitable disasters prove both hilarious and poignant and the desserts beat Great British Bake Off hands-down.
During The Troubles in Northern Ireland, at least 15 people were ‘disappeared’ - abducted at night - by the Irish Republican Army. Political enemies, people viewed as traitors and suspected informants were taken with no word sent to their families. Executed and then buried in bogs, beaches and forests, some victims' remains have still to be found. In many cases, the identities of the killers and those who commanded them remain unconfirmed. The film takes a close look at the case of Jean McConville, a suspected informant murdered in 1972, and the impact her killing had on her ten children.
The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On examines memory and war guilt, a subject rarely discussed in modern Japan. In his controversial documentary, Kazuo Hara follows war veteran Kenzo Okuzaki in his struggle against the legacy of Emperor Hirohito. He proudly declares he has shot BBs at the Royal Palace, distributed pornographic images of the Emperor, and once killed a man for the sake of his strange campaign. As the film progresses, Okuzaki uncovers a gruesome mystery: why were some Japanese officers killing their own soldiers during WWII?