Sundance Selects Acquires U.S. Rights to Maiwenn’s 'Poliss' (Cannes 2011)

The film, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes, was produced by Alain Attal and co-written by Emmanuelle Bercot.

Sundance Selects has acquired all U.S. rights to French writer-director Maiwenn’s Poliss, from Wild Bunch, continuing its buying spree at the Cannes Film Festival.

Maiwenn also stars in the film, alongside Emmanuelle Bercot, Karin Viard, Joeystarr, Marina Fois, Nicholas Duvauchelle, Karole Rocher, Frederic Pierrot, Arnaud Henriet and Naidra Ayadi.

Poliss, which played in Competition at Cannes and picked up the Jury Prize on Sunday, was produced by Alain Attal and co-written by Bercot.

The film follows a group of individuals and officers working in and around a child-protection unit in Paris.

 “With Poliss, Maiwenn has given the Cannes Film Festival a jolt of electricity with an unforgettable ensemble cast,” Sundance Selects president Jonathan Sehring said.  “We think her incredibly cinematic story will really connect with American audiences.”

The deal for the film was negotiated on behalf of Sundance Selects by Arianna Bocco, senior vp acquisitions and productions, and Betsy Rodgers, senior vp business and legal affairs, and by Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers.

Sundance Selects, a sister division of IFC Films and IFC Midnight, is owned and operated by Rainbow Media.