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.
Director / Writer: Paul Morrison
Filming Location / Set in: Wales
Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Nia Roberts, Sue Jones-Davies
Production Companies: S4C
Length: 104 minutes
Format: DVD, DCP
Date: 1st April 1999
FILM HUB WALES PROJECTS
Solomon & Gaenor was screened as part of CELLB’s Calon Y Cymru season, supported by FHW’s Made in Wales scheme. It was also screened by Chapter and Neuadd Dwyfor during Santes Dwynwen 2016.
“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