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"Beasts of the Southern Wild" » Benh Zeitlin’s one-of-a-kind drama "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (to be determined), a winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, imagines a Louisiana neverland through the eyes of a little girl.

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"Sound of My Voice" » Reporters infiltrate a suburban cult, led by a woman (Brit Marling, who co-wrote) who claims to be from the future, in "Sound of My Voice" (May 18).

"Falling" and "Virginia" » Utah filmmaker Richard Dutcher’s tough 2008 drama "Falling" (April 27), about a videographer (Dutcher) and his wife (Virginia Reece) stumbling in moral dilemmas, returns for a re-release. Another ex-Mormon, "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, makes his directorial debut with "Virginia" (June 1), about an LDS sheriff (Ed Harris) running for the Senate — and the mentally unstable woman (Jennifer Connelly) with whom he has had a 20-year-plus affair.

"Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed" » Meanwhile, Utah filmmaker Ryan Little returns to World War II in "Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed" (Aug. 17).

"Savages" » Pot growers (Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch) tangle with Mexican drug lords who kidnap their girlfriend (Blake Lively), in the Oliver Stone-directed "Savages" (July 6).

"For Greater Glory" » The battle of church vs. state plays out in 1920s Mexico in the historical drama "For Greater Glory" (June 1), with a cast led by Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria.

"Monsieur Lazhar" » An Algerian (played by the one-named comedian Fellag) becomes substitute teacher to a class of grief-stricken Montreal second-graders in the Oscar-nominated "Monsieur Lazhar" (May 25).

"Crooked Arrows" » A Native American lacrosse team faces prep-school competition in "Crooked Arrows" (May 18).

"Coriolanus" » Ralph Fiennes directs a modern-dress adaptation of Shakespeare’s "Coriolanus" (April 27), starring as the battle-scarred general who discovers no room in his peoples’ hearts in peacetime.


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"Trishna" » Michael Winterbottom ("Tristram Shandy") adapts Tess of the D’Urbervilles to modern India in "Trishna" (to be determined), starring "Slumdog Millionaire’s" Freida Pinto.

"360" » Love and relationships span the globe in "360" (to be determined), with an ensemble cast that includes Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins.

"Chicken With Plums" » In "Chicken With Plums" (to be determined), a violinist (Mathieu Amalric) decides his life is not worth living.

"Oslo, August 31" » A recovering addict has an important day in "Oslo, August 31" (to be determined).

"Take This Waltz" » Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen play a married couple in writer-director Sarah Polley’s "Take This Waltz" (to be determined), as she contemplates an affair with an artist (Luke Kirby).

"Goodbye First Love" » A romance that starts in adolescence and picks up again eight years later is examined in the French "Goodbye First Love" (to be determined).

"Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" » Men search for a body in the steppes of Turkey in the crime drama "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" (May 4).

"Polisse" » In the French police drama "Polisse" (June 15), a photographer (played by the one-named actress Maïwenn, who wrote and directed) falls for a cop (Joey Starr) investigating crimes against children.

"Elles" » In "Elles" (to be determined), Juliette Binoche plays an Elle magazine reporter who discovers a prostitution ring at a university.

"Compliance" » "Compliance" (to be determined) stirred up controversy at Sundance this year, with its story of a fast-food employee (Dreama Walker) interrogated by her boss (Ann Dowd).

"The Turin Horse" » Hungarian director Béla Tarr examines the whipping of a horse — an event that, according to legend, made the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche go mad — in "The Turin Horse" (to be determined).

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