The Shape of Water

Guillermo Del Toro

Cinephiles will adore this overwhelming ode to films and genres from yesteryear: silent era acting; the tension of Cold War thrillers; intense romance; but above all B-movies, primarily the monster film The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Deaf-mute Elisa is a cleaner at an army bunker where all sorts of mysterious research is conducted. When an amphibian-like creature is brought in, she is the only one who doesn’t see an object to torture and study, but a beast of flesh and blood she could even fall in love with.

“Maybe we're both just relics”, exclaims Elise's neighbour Giles, but the opposite proves true in Guillermo del Toro's film noir fairy tale that won the Golden Lion in Venice. In early 1960s America, independent Elisa and closet homosexual Giles are ahead of their time. It is precisely this political undertone that lends Del Toro's magic-realist romance additional weight.

Nominated for thirteen Academy Awards, among which Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Sally Hawkins) and Best Achievement in Directing. Winner of a Golden Globe for Best Director - Motion Picture and Best Original Score - Motion Picture.

 

Screenings

  • Pathé 1
    Dutch subtitles
    Sat 27 Jan Buy
  • KINO 1
    Dutch subtitles
    Mon 29 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 5
    Dutch subtitles
    Wed 31 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 4
    Dutch subtitles
    Sat 3 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Guillermo Del Toro
Country
USA
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
123’
Language
English
Producer
Guillermo Del Toro, J. Miles Dale
Production Company
Double Dare You
Sales
Twentieth Century Fox International
Writer
Guillermo Del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Cinematography
Dan Laustsen
Editor
Sidney Wolinsky
Production Design
Paul Austerberry
Sound Design
Glen Gauthier
Music
Alexandre Desplat
Cast
Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
Website
http://foxsearchlight.com/theshapeofwater/