Fever at Dawn
(Hajnali láz)

feature, HD, 105 minutes

drama history


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.


Péter Gárdos Director
Péter Gárdos Screenplay
László Seregi Director of photography
Ádám Fiers Editor
Attila Pacsay Music
Attila Tőzsér Sound
Péter Horgas Visual design
Márta Jánoskúti Costumes
Dénes Szekeres Producer
Tivoli-Filmproduction Production company
FocusFox, GötaFilm International / SE, Miki Zachar Production / IL Co-producer
Milan Schruff, Gila Almagor, Emőke Piti, Andrea Petrik, Gábor Máté, József Gyabronka, Péter Scherer, Eszter Földes, Lehel Kovács, Anita Tóth, Zsolt Páll, Zoltán Seres, Lóránt Váta Cast


San Jose Cinequest - 2016 Best Narrative Drama Feature
Várna Love is Folly International Film Festival - 2016 Péter Gárdos - Best Director
Parma Music Film Festival - 2016 Violetta d Oro - Main Prize
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival - 2016 Audience Award - Best Drama
Parma Music Film Festival - 2016 László Seregi - Best Cinematographer


Thessaloniki International Film Festival - 2015
Chennai International Film Festival - 2015
Minneapolis St. Paul  International Film Festival - 2016
Warsaw International "Jewish Motives" Film Festival - 2016 (in competition)
Cluj-Napoca Transilvania - 2016
Stara Zagora Golden Linden - 2016
Melbourne Festival of Jewish Cinema - 2016
St. Louis IFF - 2016
Chattanooga Jewish Film Series - 2017

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