The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

During escalating Cold War in the early 1960s, a mute and lonely Elisa works
as a cleaning lady at a high-security government laboratory where she discovers
a new specimen, a mysterious marine creature. While Elisa becomes drawn to it,
the facility head Richard Strickland only desires to take the creature apart to gain
a scientific edge over the Soviets with the same dominance he exerts over his wife.
His sickening ways are outweighed by Elisa’s black co-worker, Zelda, and gay
neighbour, Giles, who provide much of the film’s comedic relief through their
embodiment and subversion of the era’s stereotypes.  Shot in a rich, stylised palette
of greens and browns, set partly above an old but working cinema and filled with little
visual effects, this other-worldly fable by master story teller Guillermo del Toro is hardly
a fantasy. In essence, it is a film about tolerance, an allegory for all of history’s outcasts
that attempts to shine a light on the conditions from which real monsters are born.

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  • Director:
    Guillermo del Toro
  • Screenplay:
    Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
  • Dir. of Photography:
    Dan Laustsen
  • Music:
    Alexandre Desplat
  • Editor:
    Sidney Wolinsky
  • Cast:
    Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
  • Production:
    Double Dare You Productions
  • Sales:
    Fox Searchlight Pictures, CinemArt SK (Slovak Distributor)
  • Festivals:
    Venice 2017 (Golden Lion)


12.11.2017 20:15 Kino Lumière (K1)
15.11.2017 20:30 Kino Mladosť

About the Director:

Guillermo del Toro

(1964, Guadalajara, Mexico) is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist who developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. His first feature-length film, Cronos (1993), won eight academy awards in Mexico and the International Critics Week prize at Cannes, opening him the gates to Hollywood. Since then, he has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy films such as The Devil’s Backbone (2001) and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and mainstream American action movies such as Mimic (1997), Blade 2 (2002) or the Hellboy series. The Shape of Water is his tenth feature film.