Below is information regarding the 2016 St. Louis International Film Festival. The 2017 festival will take place Nov. 2-12, 2017. Submissions are now open.

Fever at Dawn

Hajnali láz

Schedule

Monday, Nov. 7 at 6:30pm
Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 2:30pm

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.

2016
110 min.

Directed by

Péter Gárdos

Country

Hungary Israel

Film Category

Eastern European Focus International Spotlight

Subject

Death and Dying Holocaust Jewish

Genre

Biopic Historical Drama Love Story