Taglines: A fairy tale for troubled times.
In Baltimore, in the early 60’s, the lonely and mute Elisa Esposito is the janitor of a secret government laboratory where she works in the night-shift with her friend Zelda Fuller. She lives in an old apartment above a movie-theater and she usually watches television with her other friend, her next-door neighbor Giles, who is a gay artist.
When a creature captured in a South-American river and brought to the laboratory, Elisa feels curiosity and learns that he is an Amphibian Man. She secretly feds him every night with egg and listens to music in his room, and they become close to each other. However the security agent Richard Strickland is bitten by the creature and loses two fingers. He meets General Hoyt and convinces him to eliminate the creature. When Elisa discovers, she decides to rescue the Amphiban Man and release him in the sea. The scientist Dr. Robert Hoffstetler, who is a Russian agent, decides to help her.
The Shape of Water is a 2017 American fantasy drama film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, and Octavia Spencer. Set in Baltimore in 1962, the plot follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who befriends a captured humanoid-amphibian creature. Many critics declared The Shape of Water del Toro’s best film since Pan’s Labyrinth, praising in particular Hawkins’s performance.
The film was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where it premiered on August 31, 2017, and was awarded the Golden Lion for best film in the competition. It also screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
The Shape of Water began a limited release in two theaters in New York City on December 1, 2017, before expanding on December 8, 2017, and has grossed $34 million. A novelized adaptation of the film, written by del Toro and Daniel Kraus, will be released on February 27, 2018.
The American Film Institute selected it as one of the top 10 films of the year. At the 90th Academy Awards, the film received a leading 13 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for del Toro, Best Original Screenplay for del Toro and Taylor, Best Actress for Hawkins, Best Supporting Actor for Jenkins and Best Supporting Actress for Spencer. It also won for Best Director and Best Original Score at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, on top of five other nominations. At the 71st British Academy Film Awards, the film received 12 nominations, including Best Film.
The Shape of Water (2017)
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, Stewart Arnott, Lauren Lee Smith, Allegra Fulton, Morgan Kelly, John Kapelos
Screenplay by: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Production Design by: Paul D. Austerberry
Cinematography by: Dan Laustsen
Film Editing by: Sidney Wolinsky
Costume Design by: Luis Sequeira
Set Decoration by: Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau
Art Direction by: Nigel Churcher
Music by: Alexandre Desplat
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language.
Distributed by: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release Date: December 1, 2017