A treat for attendees of the BFI London Film Festival this year: Rian Johnson's eagerly awaited whodunnit, Knives Out, has been announced as the festival's American Express Gala.
The 2019 iteration of the Toronto International Film Festival just added to their already stacked schedule of premieres, with titles including The Aeronauts - director Tom Harper's hot-air-balloon adventure with Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.
Gurinder Chadha's follow-up to the Delhi-set Viceroy's House brings us a little closer to home - Luton, in fact - with this moving real-life tale of a British Asian teen in 1987 who pursues his dreams with a shot in the arm from the music of Bruce Springsteen.
As Disney's four-pronged assault on UK audiences continues, why not consider some counter-programming from among these rare delights, screening in and around London next month?
Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe are alone, together, in the terrifying sophomore feature from The Witch's Robert Eggers - and the first trailer has just arrived online.
"It's true that real animals don't appear happy, angry, sad or fearful the same way in which humans do. Their eyes don't dart from side to side, and they certainly don't smile or laugh. So why build a dramatic, $260m movie around them?"
Cumulatively, it's a masterclass in film form and philosophy: students hoping to understand Varda's theory of cinecriture, or cine-writing, could do worse than to begin here.