Preview by: Jack Foley
A FILM banned in its native China was named best film at the
recent Tribeca Film Festival in New York, prompting new hope that
it may get a release in its home country.
Stolen Life centres around the life of teenager, Yan'ni, whose
prospects look bleak.
Despite a lack of support from her peasant family, the teenager
is accepted to a nearby university and sets about making a future
On her first day at university, she meets the very attractive
Muyu, who immediately begins to court her.
It seems, therefore, that everything
is working out perfectly - Yan'ni has a good education and the
man of her dreams.
Little does she know, however, that Muyu is staging an intricate
and lengthy deception, one that he has pulled before, and the
film takes a dark turn which, according to the Tribeca website,
director, Li Shaohong, handles with aplomb.
The remainder of the film finds Yan'ni struggling to survive
after being forced to leave college because of her relationship,
and being forced to take menial jobs to make a living.
When she realises that Muyu has engaged in a new deception with
another woman, however, she tries to intervene, plotting revenge
against her ex-lover while deciding whether revenge is the best
course of action.
Accepting the award from Tribeca Festival founder, Robert De
Niro, director, Li Shaohong, speaking through an interpreter,
commented: "This is truly important for us in the sense that
the film is still banned."
She added that she hoped the award would help to enable her movie
to get 'green-lighted so that my people in China can watch this