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The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

Synopsis

Director

Guillermo del Toro channels all the streams that make him unique into "The Shape Of Water", pouring his heart, soul and considerable craft into an exquisite creature fable. A delicate homage, to both his forbears of Golden Age Hollywood and those who first captured the spirit of the monster myth, this is del Toro at his most poignant and sweet, eschewing the harder edges of horror and releasing a torrent of warmth into a precisely calibrated setting.

Del Toro gives the viewer much to drink in. The era in which Water is set – Cold War 1960s – informs the aesthetic, but the director and designer Paul Austerberry have couched it in a baroque-coloured, industrial-like setting, a dripping netherworld, a fairytale land existing within that time zone yet eternal.

We are introduced to Eliza Esposito who is a lowly cleaner who works the night shift with her friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer) at a high-security government laboratory. Eliza forms an immediate connection with a creature who has been dragged back from the Amazon by the menacing agent Strickland and put in a tank.

Del Toro has crafted a magnificently empathetic creature and set him in a Hollywood golden era backdrop where a song and dance isn’t ever out of the question.

At the end of the credits, del Toro thanks his fellow Mexican directors Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who have taken their talent to the podium. His time has come, and how.

Fionnuala Halligan, Chief Film Critic, Screen International

Guillermo del Toro

(b. 1964) is a Mexican-American film director, screenwriter, producer and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror film „The Devil’s Backbone“ (PÖFF 2001), and „Pan’s Labyrinth“ (2006), and more mainstream American action movies, such as the vampire superhero action film „Blade II“ (2002), the supernatural superhero film „Hellboy“ (2004), its sequel „Hellboy II: The Golden Army“ (2008), and the science fiction monster film „Pacific Rim“ (2013). His latest film, „The Shape of Water“, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Filmography

  • Cronos (1993)
  • Mimic (1997)
  • El espinazo del diablo (The Devil’s Backbone, 2001
  • Saatana selgroog
  • , PÖFF 2002)
  • Blade II (2002)
  • Hellboy (2004)
  • El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth, 2006)
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
  • Pacific Rim (2013)
  • Crimson Peak (2015)
  • The Shape of Water (2017)

Schedule

18.11.2017
21:00 - 23:03
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 1
Subtitles: EST, RUS
Screening code: 020801
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20.11.2017
18:45 - 20:48
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 2
Subtitles: EST, RUS
Screening code: 040102
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01.12.2017
19:30 - 21:33
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 1
Subtitles: EST, RUS
Screening code: 150801
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Screen International Critics' Choice

Film info

Country: United States
Year: 2017
Duration: 123 minutes
Language: English
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Producers: Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale
Writers: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
DOP: Dan Laustsen
Montage: Sidney Wolinsky
Composer: Alexandre Desplat
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
Production: Double Dare You
Distributor: HeaFilm
Festivals: Venice (Golden Lion), Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, London, Busan, Chicago

Synopsis

Director

Guillermo del Toro channels all the streams that make him unique into "The Shape Of Water", pouring his heart, soul and considerable craft into an exquisite creature fable. A delicate homage, to both his forbears of Golden Age Hollywood and those who first captured the spirit of the monster myth, this is del Toro at his most poignant and sweet, eschewing the harder edges of horror and releasing a torrent of warmth into a precisely calibrated setting.

Del Toro gives the viewer much to drink in. The era in which Water is set – Cold War 1960s – informs the aesthetic, but the director and designer Paul Austerberry have couched it in a baroque-coloured, industrial-like setting, a dripping netherworld, a fairytale land existing within that time zone yet eternal.

We are introduced to Eliza Esposito who is a lowly cleaner who works the night shift with her friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer) at a high-security government laboratory. Eliza forms an immediate connection with a creature who has been dragged back from the Amazon by the menacing agent Strickland and put in a tank.

Del Toro has crafted a magnificently empathetic creature and set him in a Hollywood golden era backdrop where a song and dance isn’t ever out of the question.

At the end of the credits, del Toro thanks his fellow Mexican directors Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who have taken their talent to the podium. His time has come, and how.

Fionnuala Halligan, Chief Film Critic, Screen International

Guillermo del Toro

(b. 1964) is a Mexican-American film director, screenwriter, producer and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror film „The Devil’s Backbone“ (PÖFF 2001), and „Pan’s Labyrinth“ (2006), and more mainstream American action movies, such as the vampire superhero action film „Blade II“ (2002), the supernatural superhero film „Hellboy“ (2004), its sequel „Hellboy II: The Golden Army“ (2008), and the science fiction monster film „Pacific Rim“ (2013). His latest film, „The Shape of Water“, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Filmography

  • Cronos (1993)
  • Mimic (1997)
  • El espinazo del diablo (The Devil’s Backbone, 2001
  • Saatana selgroog
  • , PÖFF 2002)
  • Blade II (2002)
  • Hellboy (2004)
  • El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth, 2006)
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
  • Pacific Rim (2013)
  • Crimson Peak (2015)
  • The Shape of Water (2017)