(2015, feature, HD, 105 minutes)
He wrote a letter to a hundred and seventeen women till he found a wife.
Based on a true story, set in the Swedish rehabilitation camps during the autumn and winter of 1945, Fever at Dawn tells the story of a love born in the strangest of circumstances between two long-suffering survivors of the Holocaust. Their love overcomes all obstacles in its path including death when it eventually comes.
The original novel emerged as one of the most sought after books of the 2015 London Book Fair, ever since sold in more than 30 territories.
In July 1945, Miklós, a Hungarian survivor of Belsen, arrives in a refugee camp in Sweden. He is skin and bone, and has no teeth. The doctor says he has only months to live.
But Miklós has other plans. He acquires a list of 117 young Hungarian women who are also in refugee camps in Sweden, and he writes a letter to each of them—obsessively, in his beautiful hand, sitting in the shade of a tree in the hospital garden. One of those young women, he is sure, will become his wife.
In a camp hundreds of kilometres away, Lili reads his letter. Idly, she decides to write back.
Letter by letter, the pair fall in love. In December 1945 they find a way to meet. They have only three days together, and they fall in love all over again. Now they have to work out how to get married while there is still time…
This story really happened.
Fever at Dawn is a love story for the ages. Based on the letters of the author’s parents, it’s a sad and joyous tale that will stay with you long after its happy ending.
San Jose Cinequest - 2016
Best Narrative Drama Feature
Best Director Péter Gárdos
Parma Music Film Festival - 2016
Violetta d Oro - Main Prize
Best Cinematographer László Seregi
Audience Award - Best Drama
Cluj-Napoca Transilvania - 2016
Stara Zagora Golden Linden - 2016
St. Louis IFF - 2016