It's festival season in the film world. This is a time when exciting, hopefully paradigm-shattering cinema hits the collective unconscious, starting in places like Cannes and making their way worldwide.

As always at The 405 Film, we find that the best insights with these things are typically found on betting odds; what are people so confident of that they will put cash behind?

1. The Irishman

Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is the leading frontrunner. The Irishman is based on "I Heard You Paint Houses" by Charles Brandt and chronicles the life and crimes of hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheerhan as Brandt interviewed him over 5 years.

Sheerhan was involved in around 25 hits for the mob and was allegedly involved in Jimmy Hoffa's infamousand conspiracy theory-shrouded death and disappearance.

Robert De Niro will be Sheerhan with Al Pacino playing Jimmy Hoffa, both over three decades. Scorsese is reportedly using the same technology as was used in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to de-age both actors. Anna PaquinRay Romano and Joe Pesci will co-star.

Look for the film later this year on Netflix. We shall see if Scorsese's film being on the streaming giant means it will be essentially blackballed for Best Picture next year, especially with the rhetoric from some in Hollywood after how Roma fared in last year's Best Picture contest.

2. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

 Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is also getting quite a lot of buzz. The film takes place in the Hollywood of the late ‘60s, when massive changes were afoot in the industry with the demise of the studio system and the watershed moment that was the Manson Murders; as prolific journalist and writer Joan Didion said of the Tate Murders, "Many people I know in Los Angeles believe that the '60s ended abruptly on August 9, 1969."

Tarantino will be drawing on the Manson Murders as but one part of the dark background of Once Upon a Time. As he said the film has a Pulp Fiction-esque atmosphere, it will only be a part of the narrative. The other parts include a lot of stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Al Pacino, among many others. Catch it 26 July in the US and 9 August in the UK.

3. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Can You Ever Forgive Me? director Marielle Heller’s next project, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood tells the true story of Mr. Rogersreal friendship with journalist Tom Junod.

A Beautiful Day’s main draw, however, is undoubtedly Tom Hanks in the role of the universally-beloved children’s TV host. Can you think of a more all-American, also universally-beloved – and remarkably non-controversial – actor than Tom Hanks? The only one that directly comes to my mind is the late James Stewart who died in 1997. There could not have been a better choice to play Fred Rogers than Hanks.

Catch A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in American cinemas 22 November.

 4. Little Women

Lady Bird helmer Greta Gerwig’s next project, a new spin on Louisa May Alcott’s much-celebrated novel “Little Women”. Currently in post-production, the film stars Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson and Saorise Ronan. The film is considered neck-in-neck with It’s a Beautiful Day, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Knowing Gerwig’s prowess as a filmmaker, this may change when this film starts its theatrical run on Christmas Day of this year.

 5. 1917

American Beauty director Sam Mendes’s new project 1917 comes in with long odds, because not much is known of the film besides its WWI setting and Richard Madden and Benedict Cumberbatch being associated with it. This will likely change.

 6. Us

What else could possibly be said of Jordan Peele's stellar piece of social horror? It may very well prove itself to be the dark horse candidate in the next Oscar race by beating out the challengers – although horror almost always is ignored by the Academy. It is a sublimely beautiful and terrifying piece of art with the potency and attention to aesthetic detail that is now director Peele's calling card.

Check out my deeper dive into the terrifying collective and individual madness that is Us here, and my look at the history and neuroscience behind the doppelgänger that is the heart of Us’s story, by going here.