AFF jest wydarzeniem wyjątkowym w skali światowej i drugim tego rodzaju w Europie. American Film Festival jest jedynym festiwalem w Polsce — i w Europe środkowej i wschodniej — prezentującym wyłącznie kino amerykańskie w całej jego różnorodności: od artystycznego undergroundu do ambitnych produkcji Hollywoodzkich (włączając artystyczne przykłady filmów gwiazdorskich, a odrzucając masowe, seryjne produkcje o suberbohaterach).
Festiwal przełamuje stereotyp kina amerykańskiego jako lekkiej rozrywki.
Współczesne kino amerykańskie wyznacza nowe ścieżki rozwoju sztuki filmowej, szuka nowego języka filmowego, jest często odważne, ryzykowne i niekonwencjonalne i takie kino znajdziecie Państwo na AFF.
The beautiful Lesnica Castle has, like many places of its type, some terrible stories on the pages of history. One of them is a legend of the family of Counts von Forno who came to the Castle in the 17th century from the Czech Republic. They were not very popular and treated their subjects really badly. One of them humiliated the subjects physically and mentally and even stabbed one of his servants with a knife, which he then threw out of the window (apparently it is the window on the left on the second floor above the castle gate). In the chamber where it happened there were traces of blood that, despite washing, constantly reappeared.
Count’s son was no better. His servants lived in a constant fear and one of them – a beautiful local girl – running away from him in desperation fell into the Bystrzyca river and drowned. The place where she lost her life is supposed to be dangerous for swimmers even today as dark water creates a vortex here. Locals say that sometimes only a black bird will fly that way with a pathetic scream circling over the place where the girl drowned.
When the count died the subjects were overjoyed. Unfortunately, not for long. Returning from the funeral, they saw the dead man standing by the window of his chamber. They froze at this sight. The ghost stayed in the castle for some time but then disappeared and chose one of the nearby mountains as his seat. The maid had to regularly carry him food – precisely at twelve o’clock she had to leave the food and walk away without looking back. Arriving next time, the girl always found a piece of silver as her payment. Once, however, when she was a bit late, she received such a terrible smack that she fell and lay there unconscious for a long time. When she came to her senses and dragged herself to the village, she died shortly after. Since then, nobody wanted to carry food up the mountain.
From then on, the terrible count made himself known only to the passers-by and even those who knew the area perfectly were led astray when walking around noon near the fatal place. The count’s portrait, depicting him on a horse with a whip in his hand, remained in the castle. This whip would crackle at times so that it was heard throughout the castle. The old count looked at everyone with his evil eyes until a shiver of fear pierced everyone and if someone touched the portrait, there was a hellish noise. When the castle was taken over by the new owner, he ordered to remove the portrait from the wall. The builders carried the evil count away and finally restored peace.
Most beautiful castles and palaces of Lower Silesia:
A great idea to spend a family weekend in an unusual environment is to go on a journey along the European Trail of Castles and Palaces - it is a trip idea especially for history lovers but also for those looking for opportunities to rest and relax close to nature.
Czocha Castle - Kliczkow Castle - Grodziec Castle
The first mention of the village of Staniszow dates back to 1395. It was then the property of the princes of Reiss. The palace was built in 1784-1787 on the orders of Count Henry von Reiss.
A place full of flavours
The location of Kliczkow Castle alone, deep in Lower Silesian Forest, far away from populated places, can trigger our imagination.
A Stone Defender
A Beaky Fortress
Krobielowice - once called Krieblowitz - is a small village located about 20 km from Wroclaw, in the Bystrzyca RiverValley Landscape Park.
A fairytale refuge
Cultural centre on the outskirts of Wroclaw
The most valuable and impressive monument of Olesnica,
as well as one of the most valuable in Lower Silesia.
A mosaic full of secrets
The first tourist facility in Europe
In its history the real history mixes with legends so much that it is often difficult to separate one from the other.
Topacz Castle Resort & Art SPA is a unique place with a fascinating history dating back to the 14th century. It combines the atmosphere of a castle with modern luxury and comfort dedicated to the most demanding guests.
A castle that never existed