Director: Maïwenn
Stars: Karin Viard, Joey Starr, Marina Foïs, Nicholas Duvauchelle, Maïwenn, Karole Rocher, Emmanuelle Bercot, Frederic Pierrot

Here’s one effective way to strong-arm the film world’s collective attention: take home the Jury Prize at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Having pulled off that exact accomplishment at last year’s festivities, French actress/director Maïwenn’s (High Tension) Polisse brings a hefty amount of cachet to 2012’s Tribeca run. And, fortunately, the film’s subject matter sounds right up our alley and not like some hoity-toity The King’s Speech-like awards bait.

Adding an admirable twist into the tried and true “cop movie” genre, Polisse steps away from the nearest precinct and focuses on a Child Protection Unit (CPU) that helps abused kids, attempts to calm down far too horny teenagers, and redirects shattered youngsters away from physically disruptive parents. Maïwenn (who co-wrote the script with Emmanuelle Bercot) gives the audience an in as a photographer assigned to capture the CPU’s efforts through pictures.

Don’t be surprised if the triple threat performer herself is photographed hoisting a Tribeca-issued award by the festival’s end.

To find out more: Polisse