Among all the worthy Brit contenders, foreign-language gems and the bits where George Clooney turns up and makes everyone else look bad, one of the London Film Festival events we've circled in our diaries involves Miss Bala, a Mexican production that lives somewhere in the badlands between gritty thriller and straight-up action flick.
The film's smart new promo poster tells you all you need to know about the lawless world in which it's set. There will be scantily-clad beauty queens but there will also be bullets. Lots of bullets. Really big ones, too, by the looks of things.
Directed by Gerardo Naranjo, Miss Bala is a cri de coeur against the drug-related violence that's become endemic in parts of Mexica. It's inspired by the real-life story of a beauty queen who was arrested with gang members in 2008, although in this case the tale takes an even darker turn when aspiring beauty queen Laura (Stephanie Sigman) finds herself caught up in a massacre at a nightclub, is kidnapped by a cartel and forced to work for drug lord Lino (Noe Hernandez).
If you've seen Traffic or Maria Full Of Grace, you'll know that these things rarely turn out well - even before you throw in angry, heavily-armed DEA agents. Laura, though, may be made of sterner stuff. Click below for a closer look at the shiny new quad.
Miss Bala makes its Blighty bow at the LFF next month before its UK-wide release on October 28.