When renowned film director Péter Gárdos wrote the story, he intended it as a film script, but eventually he made it into a novel. “Fever at Dawn,” the love story of two Holocaust survivors―the author’s parents―has ever since sold in more than 20 territories.
What would happen if, in our modern secularized society, our narratives of death and life regained the gravity of a previous age? Borbély draws upon an ever-present and yet undefined genre: that of the female conversational narrative as it has appeared for decades in the popular press and lately in Internet chatrooms.
To me, the shouting Nazis staging their brutal raids on civilian shelters hunting for Jews in hiding, like me, appeared as dumb, cruel, homicidal monsters pretty low on my scale of threats, after the continuous aerial bombardment, the ubiquitous disease-carrying vermin and the contaminated drinking-water supply that got me in the end.
If you want to start a new life, take your little suitcase and move to a foreign country. For safety’s sake, you’d best not take any money, because sooner or later, you would buy your old life back with it.
Writer-director-actor Béla Pintér occupies a unique role as impressario in Budapest's alternative theatre scene. His signature blend of music and movement, traditional and modern theatre techniques makes each of his one-act shows an unpredictable and memorable experience.