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."