Mary Shelley

Spotlight Narrative

US Premiere

Ireland, UK, Luxembourg, USA | 120 MINUTES | English |


Drama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
Raised by her kindly bookseller father and tormented by a villainous stepmother, young Mary Wollstonecraft (Elle Fanning) longs for a life bigger than her sheltered upbringing. As she embarks on a whirlwind romance with the charismatic but mercurial poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth), Mary’s dreams of a sophisticated life among the intellectual elite seem to be within her grasp at last—but this fantasy quickly dissipates when she realizes the harsh reality of her new husband’s moody and dissolute ways. That is, until one stormy night, when a friendly challenge among a rained-in cadre of Romantic writers leads her to invent one of the most iconic horror stories of all time, before she’s even 20 years old.

Saudi female filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda) returns to Tribeca with this lush portrait of the author of one of Gothic literature’s most influential stories. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s enduring work, has remained a seminal story of creation and destruction, but al-Mansour’s film goes deeper, to depict the fraught tale of a teenage girl’s shattered romantic dreams that brought a monster to life.

—Liza Domnitz


Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour

As the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia, Haifaa al-Mansour is regarded among the country’s most significant cinematic figures. In her home country, her work has been both praised and vilified for breaching the wall of silence around the sequestered lives of Saudi women. Wadjda, al-Mansour’s feature debut, received wide critical acclaim after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2012 and established Al Mansour as an important talent emerging from the Arab world.
Haifaa Al Mansour
Amy Baer, Alan Moloney, Ruth Coady
Emma Jensen
David Ungaro
Alex Mackie, A.C.E.
Music by Amelia Warner
Executive Producer
Johanna Hogan, Peter Watson, Matthew Baker, Isabel Davis, Charles Auty, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Emma Jensen, Joannie Burstein, Rebecca Miller, Mark Amin
US Distributor
IFC Films
Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Joanne Froggatt, Tom Sturridge, Maisie Williams


Print Source
Justin DiPietro
IFC Films
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 646 740 5668
Press Contact
Rachel Giltz
IFC Films
Hoboken, 07030
Phone: 330 524 4448