Stolen Life Wins Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca

A scene from Chinese director Li Shaohong’s ‘Stolen Life,’ which took Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca

The winners of the fourth annual Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, have been announced at an awards ceremony at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in Tribeca.

This year’s Festival included more than 250 films from 45 countries on six continents, and featured panel discussions, filmmaker events, gala premieres of major studio releases, the Family Festival, and visits by delegations from Sarajevo and Shanghai.

Stolen Life from director Li Shaohong won the Best Narrative Feature. The film follows a young woman who starts college believing she is embarking on a new life away from her family-and she is, but not the new beginning she anticipates. Once at school, she immediately meets Muyu and falls in love with him. What she does not know is that from the moment he met her Muyu began an intricate deception that will lead to the loss of her child and the future she believes in.

Robert De Niro presented the award to Shaohong who also recieved the $25,000 prize.

Best Doumentary Feature went to Péter Forgács’ El Perro Negro:  Stories from the Spanish Civil War, which takes a look at Spain during the chaotic 1930s, a decade during which this Western European nation descended into barbarism. Joan Salvans was the son of a wealthy Catalan wool manufacturer, and was able to pursue his hobby of skillfully recording events in his family’s life on 8mm film from 1929 until July 24, 1936, when, six days after the outbreak of the Civil War, he and his father were murdered by a militant anarchist named ‘Pedro el Cruel.’

Speaking at the ceremony De Niro said: “We congratulate the winning filmmakers and look forward to seeing more great work from each of them.”

You can read some reviews and access media from some of the film that aired during Tribeca in our special section.

Full List of Winners:

The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature – “Stolen Life (Sheng Si Jie)”

Director:  Li Shaohong, China

Best Documentary Feature – “El Perro Negro:  Stories from the Spanish Civil War”

Director: Péter Forgács, Netherlands/Hungary

Best New Narrative Filmmaker – “Play”

Director:  Alicia Scherson, Chile/Argentina

Best New Documentary Filmmaker – “Favela Rising”

Directors:  Jeff Zimbalist, Matt Mochary, Brazil/USA

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film – Cees Geel in “Simon”

Director: Eddy Terstall, Netherlands

Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film – Felicity Huffman in “Transamerica”

Director: Duncan Tucker, USA

Best Made in New York Narrative Feature – “Red Doors”

Director: Georgia Lee, USA

Kids Pick for Best Family short – “Spandex: A Father’s Tale”

Director: Matthew Manson, USA

Student Visionary Award – “Dance Mania Fantastic”

Director: Sasie Sealy, USA

Best Documentary Short – “The Life of Kevin Carter”

Director: Dan Krauss, USA 

Best Narrative Short – “Cashback”

Director: Sean Ellis, UK

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