Sports journalist and author of avant-garde literature Gonzalo Suárez made an auspicious directorial debut in 1967 with his experimental feature Ditirambo, which was hailed one of the seminal films of the Escuela Barcelona style of filmmaking. Suárez studied French literature and spent three years in Paris. In 1959, Suárez moved to Barcelona and soon established himself as one of Spain's most popular and influential sportswriters. Around the same time, Suárez began writing experimental novels like De Cuerpo. In the late '60s, Suárez announced plans to create a series of related avant-garde films called "Ten Iron Films"; unfortunately, he could only afford to make two of them and soon turned to more mainstream films. In 1979, Suárez abandoned film work for several years to focus on his writing. In 1988, he released his first English-language effort, Rowing With the Wind/Remando al Viento, a haunting, highly acclaimed examination of the lives of authors Mary Wolstencraft Shelley and Lord Byron. In 1994, Suárez created a surrealistic retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Story of a Mother", El Detective y el Muerto.