Solomon & Gaenor

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SOLOMON & GAENOR is a love story set in the Welsh Valleys in 1911. Solomon is a Jewish pedlar, Gaenor a chapel-going coalminer’s daughter. The film traces the fear, confusion and excitement of falling in love with someone from another people and another religion – and the hostility their fragile love engenders from their families and communities.


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Director: Paul Morrison
Writer: Paul Morrison
Producer: Sheryl Crown
Cast: Ioan Gruffud, Nia Roberts
Partners: FilmFour, S4C, Welsh Arts Council, English Arts Council

Festivals / Awards

1999 – Troia International Film Festival
1999 – Verona International Film Festival
1999 – Emden International Film Festival
2001 – Welsh Bafta: Winner Best Film
2000 – Academy Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film
2000 – Best Feature Film: Nantucket Film Festival, USA
1999 – Best Film: Verona International Film Festival, Italy
1999 – Second Prize: Emden and Wurzburg International Film Festivals, Germany
1999 – Golden Dolphin for Best Film: Troia International Film


‘A love story with guts and passion’ – GQ

‘The two leads throw sparks every time they’re onscreen together’ – Hollywood Reporter

‘Enchanting performance by Roberts whose emotions rang as true as the grim surroundings’ – The Times

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