Fever at Dawn
Based on real-life events, “Fever at Dawn” tells the unlikely story of director Péter Gárdos’ parents and their extraordinary courtship. In 1945, after being freed from a concentration camp, 25-year-old Hungarian Miklós is recuperating at a Swedish hospital. But the Holocaust survivor receives unexpectedly grim news: After diagnosing Miklós with a severe lung disease, the doctors give him no more than six months to live. Defiantly refusing to accept the death sentence, Miklós is determined to find a wife with whom he can start a new life. Because he’s confined to the hospital, severely limiting his marriage prospects, he decides to send letters to each of the 117 Hungarian girls who are also being treated in Sweden. One of the recipients, 19-year-old Lili, likes Miklós's letter and responds. A prolonged correspondence begins, a delirious romance follows, and now this charming film provides their love story with yet another happy ending.