Guillermo del Toro‘s The Shape Of Water premiered in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival in August 2017 and won the Golden Lion for best film. Written and directed by Del Toro, The Shape Of Water was acclaimed unanimously by the critic and the public.
Baltimore, 1962. USA and Russia compete in the space race. Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins) is a mute woman working as a janitor in an underground government research facility with her friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer). Elisa will soon find herself thrilled with the arrival of a mysterious amphibian man kept on a short leash inside a confined water tank. The two will develop a special way of communicating that will represent the beginning of a deep, unique friendship. But love and military plans can hardly coexist.
The Shape of Water is not just a fairy tale, it’s a love story, a modern poem. A movie about the only language that every living creature understand, the one coming from the bottom of the heart. Del Toro confirms himself as a monumental author and director.
It has great chances. Del Toro already won in Venice, his movie is a worldwide success and, apparently, when a Mexican director gets a nomination there is no space for anybody else. The Shape Of Water is a quality movie, it’s nominated for 13 awards. If it won’t be the best picture one, Del Toro will probably get the best director one.
The Shape of Water premiered in North America at the Toronto Film Festival. Right in the theatre where it was filmed just a few months before.