Banned Film Wins Best Tribeca Movie Award

Director Li Shaohong‘s controversial movie Stolen Life has won the Best Film
award at Robert De Niro‘s Tribeca Film Festival–despite the fact Shaohong‘s
film was banned in her native China.

De Niro–who set up the festival to help victims of the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks in New York–presented Shaohong with the Founders Award, in
recognition of her ambitious film about a female college student who is
exploited and abandoned by her lover.

Li says, “I hope now Stolen Life will be green-lighted so that my people in
China can watch this film soon.”

The judges for Saturday night’s New York-based ceremony included
actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Teri Hatcher, writer Tom Wolfe and singer Sheryl

The star-studded panel named Cees Geel as best actor for his role in Dutch movie Simon, while the best actress went to Desperate Housewives star
Felicity Huffman, for her part as a transsexual woman who discovers she
fathered a son, in movie comedy Transamerica.

The full list of winners is:

Best Film Award: Stolen Life

The Founder Award: Li Shaohong

Best Film Actor: Cees Geel, Simon

Best Film Actress: Felicity Huffman, Transamerica

Best Documentary Feature: El Perro Negro: Stories From The Spanish Civil War

Best New Documentary Filmmaker: Jeff Zimblast and Matt Mochary, Favela Rising

Best New Narrative Filmmaker: Alicia Scherson, Play

Best New York Documentary: Rikers High

Best Feature Filmed in New York: Red Doors

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