Maggie Cheung wins best actress award at Cannes
Chinese actress Maggie Cheung won the best actress award at the Cannes film festival on Saturday, May 22, for her role in "Clean."

Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung (L) receives a kiss for her Best Actress award from French actor Vincent Cassel for her role in the film entry 'Clean' by French director Olivier Assayas during the awards ceremony at the 57th Cannes Film Festival , May 22, 2004. (Reuters photo)

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Maggie Cheung speaks to the audience as she is awarded the best actress for the film "Clean," during the award ceremony of the 57th . Cannes Film Festival, May 22, 2004. (AP Photo)
Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung holds her Best Actress award for her role in the film entry 'Clean' by French director Olivier Assayas during the awards ceremony at the 57th Cannes Film Festival, May 22, 2004. (Reuters photo)
File photo: Hong Kong Actress Maggie Cheung as Emily in the French movie "Clean" directed by Olivier Assayas.
From left: Chinese actors Andy Lau, director Zhang Yimou, Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro arrive for the screening of the movie "House of Flying Daggers" by Chinese director Zhang Yimou, which is screened out of competition at the 57th Cannes Film Festival , May 19, 2004. (sipa/photocome photo)

Maggie Cheung wins best actress award at Cannes  

CANNES, May 22 -- Chinese actress Maggie Cheung won the best actress award at the Cannes film festival on Saturday.

Cheung won for her role in "Clean" by director Olivier Assayas about a mother who tries to kick her drug habit and reconcile with her long-lost son.

"It's really an incredible time in my life," said Maggie Cheung after receiving her award. "I would like to thank the Cannes Festival for having invited us this evening. I want to thank the jury for having given us this prize," she said.

"Clean wasn't easy to get made and I also want to thank the three producers [...] And thank you too Olivier," Cheung said.

When asked at the press conference whether this was her best performance, she replied by saying, "It was difficult to play but not the most difficult technically speaking. It was difficult because it was painful [...] Other directors might let me play such a role, a junkie, but only Olivier gives me the trust necessary to play it as I feel."

(SINA English/Agencies)

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