Solomon & Gaenor

By FHW Marketing



"The technical credits are superb. The valley groans under heavy clouds and snowfall. The houses are dark caves. We can feel the wet and cold underfoot." - Roger Ebert


A young Orthodox Jew (Ioan Gruffudd) in 1911 South Wales tries to make his living by peddling fabrics door to door in the South Wales Valleys, but to do so he decides he must hide his ethnicity. On one of his sales he meets and falls in love with a demure young Gentile woman (Nia Roberts) with a strong-willed father (William Thomas) and a violently anti-Semitic brother (Mark Lewis Jones). The two fall in love and she becomes pregnant, but only then does she learn he is Jewish. Shortly afterwards, the couple become caught up in anti-Jewish disturbances; they are forced to flee and become separated.

Welsh Connections

Welsh director / writer: Paul Morrison

Shot in Wales

Set in Wales

Welsh language


Date: 1st April 1999

Running time: 104 minutes

Certificate: 15

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Film Hub Wales projects

Solomon & Gaenor was screened as part of CELLB's Calon Y Cymru season, supported by FHW's Welsh Film Support. It was also screened by Chapter and Neuadd Dwyfor as part of Santes Dwynwen 2016.



This is film is covered by our Made In Wales strategy, which means if you an a Welsh exhibitor you may be eliable to submit a proposal for support. For more information click here