THE SCREENPLAY

The Wallenberg Dossier is a dry, fast-paced, drama film.

Boarding an intercontinental plane from Stockholm to New York, a rich man in his sixties (Robert Wallenberg – protagonist) recognizes a few seats before him the woman he had intensely loved thirty some years before, during the war. They lost each other ever since. As the plane crosses the Atlantic Ocean the man thinks back at Budapest, Hungary in 1944 and 1945, where the two lived an intense love affair in wartime.

Mira, an elegant and sophisticated young Jewish woman of the high society, meets Robert, a Swedish billionaire in his early thirties. They meet at an elegant summer private party, from which they will run away barefeet to discover a secret park. The two have only one night to know each other, then Robert will leave for Sweden the following day as planned. They get in love.

As a consequence of the Hungarian racial laws, Mira loses everything in less than a year and is reduced to degraded conditions in a city, Budapest, where Nazi colonel Adolf Eichmann is preparing the Final Solution with massive deportations of Jewish citizens. Robert lives in Sweden but, despite his privileged life, does everything in his power to get involved with Hungary and get back to Budapest where he found the love of his life. It is 1944 and war is expanding throughout Europe. Robert obtains to get involved with Budapest on a rescue mission organized by the OSS (former CIA). His mission is backed by Roosevelt, Churchill and Jewish organizations, all realizing the situation has reached a turning point and all, unexpectedly, converging also because of the neutrality of his country towards the billionaire Robert Wallenberg.

Robert reaches Budapest and begins his search & rescue mission. Robert will meet personally the renowned Adolf Eichmann and in three progressively more intense verbal and psychological confrontations, they will show two completely different ways of facing life: a progressive view and a totally closed view that will lead to the horrors of Nazism. Robert is saving lives in Budapest however he is secretly looking for Mira. He finally finds her in a public bus and saves her from an attack. The two begin living a desperate and passionate love story, in the midst of the war in Budapest. They will share the waters of the abandoned spa pools in Budapest, a room with paintings hidden from the Nazis, rooftop moments of love and poetic scenes along the Danube, as war looms above.

Robert does not know that the Nazis are keeping a Dossier on him, which will be used by Eichmann as a means of exchange for a ticket to Argentina and handed over to Soviet forces entering Budapest. The dossier, ordered by Himmler in an incredible part of the novel where Himmler himself is faced with the love of Wallenberg for Mira, reports each single move of Wallenberg inside and outside the city of Budapest, describing a picture as much dramatic as poetical because it tells the most intimate moments of Wallenberg’s life with Mira and reveals an incredible love story that will eventually change the course of history.

Mira is Jewish and through her Robert realizes the horror and the drama of being unrecognized and of a race apparently destined to destruction by Nazis. As Robert understands more he also gets more involved in his rescue mission, to the point he will repeatedly risk his life. It’s then that Mira takes the most difficult decision of her life: to leave Robert and sell the information she obtained in Budapest to the OSS for a plane ticket to the USA. While at first it may seem she is a traitor, in fact Mira is acting only for the love of Robert: to save him from his involvement in Budapest, she needs to leave the city, otherwise Robert will eventually get killed. In an already dramatic situation for her, Mira takes her destiny in her hands and protects the man she loves by leaving him.

From her decision onwards, Mira progressively becomes the protagonist of the entire story, with the aim of saving the man she loves and who had been her savior.

Robert will get arrested in Budapest by Soviet forces conquering the city. He will be brought to a Moscow prison where he meets the powerful personality of colonel Kartashov in two extremely strong interrogatories, where an entire philosophy of life progressively comes out and we discover in a innovative and absolutely modern view, the insanity of the Shoah, the horrors of Nazism and, ultimately, what being a man (human being) means.

Robert at this time is apparently forgotten by the world and has only Varvara Larina, a prison infirmary, to take care of him. She will eventually get in love with him but she is not corresponded because Robert has never stopped loving Mira. And here the story accelerates and takes a substantial twist. Varvara Larina is so in love with Robert that she writes a letter to Mira to tell her that Robert is alive and that she admires their love story. This letter contributes to put Mira into action. Mira, now older, will involve a New York Times Journalist to reach a USA Senator and forcedly obtain from the latter to organize a rescue mission to save Robert. The mission will involve Israeli, American and English intelligence services. A commando will intercept a truck with Robert and two other prisoners, in Russian soil, that were being transferred from a Moscow prison to another. But no one knows that the transferral of Robert on the truck was secretly signed by colonel Kartashov who had met Mira and understood the deep humanity and courage of Robert. Mira obtains to involve both sides of the iron curtain for the rescue of Robert and we will discover that Jacob, a small kid Robert had saved from deportation, now grown up, is the Israeli member of the commando who saves Robert and brings him to the USA.

Robert, now an elegant and free man in his late sixties, will finally take an intercontinental flight from Stockholm to New York in modern times. On the flight he recognizes Mira, now a woman in her fifties. Both extremely fragile in front of a love that happened thirty some years before, they will have the courage to overcome with a particular profoundness all their fears (related to age, beauty, misunderstanding after many years) and finally live, once landed in New York, that passionate and intense love story that wartime and thirty years of events had prevented. Two elders living love with the strength of two teenagers, beyond time and rules.

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