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.
Standing in the heart of age walls, sometimes even medieval, we can easily get into the time machine and take our imagination for an amazing journey.
Most of the stones and bricks, firstly stacked, then demolished, burnt or taken away, are a living testimony of variability of times and history. Raised by one of the Piasts (castles) or wealthy German owners (palaces), then sold, donated, attacked and plundered, most often they did not live up to their fortified or representative destiny and fell into ruin.
They are even united by the names of architects who have attempted to rebuild some of them! Despite the common genes, each of the buildings kept its unique characteristics and its unusual atmosphere.
These are people who lead us through the ages. The earliest remain alive in stories on the verge of history and legend. Others thanks to their works are still present and give us testimony to their uniqueness. Finally, those who are contemporaries, undertaking the enormous effort to raise material and spiritual culture of Lower Silesia in times of slowly emerging stabilization, after so many years of turmoil. They turn to the past in many various cultural activities, from spectacular reconstructions of battles to the prosaic reproduction of kitchen recipes. Paradoxically, they influence the future this way, shaping completely new patterns through their actions. During the journey through the Lower Silesian section of the European Route of Castles and Palaces we will look at the same walls as our ancestors, we will rest in the same greenery as the old knights, and have the same dishes perhaps.
Enriched by the experience of past eras we have a chance to have a fascinating journey in time and space, but also to learn valuable lesson for the future.
European Route of Castles and Palaces
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.
Map of castles and palaces of Lower Silesia: