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 September 11th (01) 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 (30 APR05) New York-based ceremony included actresses WHOOPI GOLDBERG and TERI HATCHER, writer TOM WOLFE and singer SHERYL CROW.

The star-studded panel named CEES GEEL as Best Actor for his role in Dutch movie SIMON, while the Best Actress gong 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 directed by LI SHAOHONG

The Founder Award - LI SHAOHONG

Best Film Actor - CEES GEEL for SIMON

Best Film Actress - FELICITY HUFFMAN for TRANSAMERICA

Best Documentary Feature - EL PERRO NEGRO: STORIES FROM THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

Best New Documentary Film-Maker - JEFF ZIMBLAST and MATT MOCHARY for FAVELA RISING

Best New Narrative Film-Maker - ALICIA SCHERSON for PLAY

Best New York Documentary - RIKERS HIGH

Best Feature Filmed in New York - RED DOORS.

02/05/2005 02:22

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Tags: Robert De Niro - Whoopi Goldberg - Teri Hatcher - Tom Wolfe - Sheryl Crow - Cees Geel - Felicity Huffman - Transamerica - Play

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