Rowing with the Wind

Rowing with the Wind a.k.a. Remando al viento (Spanish title) is a 1988 Spanish film written and directed by Gonzalo Suárez. The film won seven Goya Awards. It concerns the English writer Mary Shelley and her circle.

Rowing with the Wind
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Directed byGonzalo Suárez
Produced byAndrés Vicente Gómez
Written byGonzalo Suárez
StarringHugh Grant
Lizzy McInnerny
Valentine Pelka
Elizabeth Hurley
Music byAlejandro Massó
CinematographyCarlos Suárez
Edited byJosé Salcedo
Ditirambo Films
Release date
  • September 19, 1988 (1988-09-19)
(San Sebastián International Film Festival)
Running time
102 minutes


In the summer of 1816, English poet Percy Shelley, his soon to be wife Mary Shelley (daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft), and Mary's stepsister and companion Claire Clairmont take a holiday with Lord Byron and his physician John William Polidori at a villa rented by Byron at Lake Leman, Switzerland. Byron challenges each of the friends to write a horror story, and Mary begins her novel, Frankenstein. She imagines the monster becoming real, and for the next six years, as tragedy befalls those around her, she believes the creature of her imagination is the cause. Meanwhile, Claire has Byron's baby, is estranged from him and barred from seeing her daughter. Byron and Percy continue their friendship, the one hedonistic, the other idealistic. The Shelleys move near Pisa.

Principal castEdit

Actor Role
Hugh Grant Lord Byron
Lizzy McInnerny Mary Shelley
Valentine Pelka Percy Bysshe Shelley
Elizabeth Hurley Claire Clairmont
José Luis Gómez John Polidori
Virginia Mataix Elisa
Ronan Vibert Fletcher


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