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.
A castle that never existed
It is hard to find a place more marked by the turbulent history of Silesian lands than Czocha Castle. It was built in 1247 on the order of the Czech king Wenceslaus I. From 1319, for 70 years, it was ruled by Piast princes Henryk I Jaworski and Bolko II Maly. Then the facility returned to the Czech Republic and was a subject to the rule of subsequent knightly families. The longest, because nearly 250 years, it belonged to the Nostitz clan. 1909 saw a characteristic change when the decayed castle was bought by a Dresden cigar maker Ernst Gütschow for 1.5 million marks. With the help of a Berlin architect, Bodo Ebhardt, he restored its historical appearance from 1703.
The most tragic event in the history of Czocha Castle took place in 1793 when, during the absence of the then owner, a fire broke out in the castle in unclear circumstances. A richly equipped library with many rare books as well as a lot of antique furniture and the entire armoury burnt down.
After the war, a centre for the Polish Army officers was established in the castle. Thanks to that it avoided the fate of other Lower Silesian strongholds and survived to modern times in a very good condition. Today, Czocha Castle is one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions. It has been turned into a hotel and a restaurant.
Tourists willingly take a look into the ‘well of unfaithful wives’ from which, apparently, one can sometimes hear moans and wails. A legend has it that a certain Krzysztof Nostitz out of lovers jealousy drowned his wife Gertruda there. The two stories high Knight’s Hall, a tower and an underground passage are also very impressive. In recent years, the films ‘The Witcher’ and ‘The Secret of Fortress of Ciphers’ were shot at the castle.
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 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 i...
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.