The year of 2010 marks a turning point in the evolution of the Festival Shadows. This year represents the implementation of the Shadows Cycle, a monthly event configured around a theme, a screening and a discussion led by guest speakers. The enthusiasm of the spectators confirmed the interest of cinephiles and sinophiles for innovative Chinese cinema, both in terms of form and content.
This fourth edition raises the question of the appropriateness of the term “independent” while the modes of production and screens multiply.
These [independent] films reflect an individual and collective search for identity. Beyond freedom of expression, independence must now be understood as a set of symbolic values defined and defended by a group of people seeking their place in a society that excludes and stigmatizes them.
This quest accompanies the gradual maturation of a cinematic language, and the attempt to write a chapter in the history of film.