The Shape of Water


123 minutes – Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Festival release date: September 7, 2017 (TIFF)
U.S. release date: December 1, 2017 (New York)
Canadian release date: December 8, 2017 (Toronto)
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

At the height of the Cold War two workers discover a terrifying secret experiment. Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret — a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.

The Shape of Water received 13 Academy Award nominations in January 2018. Shot in Toronto and Hamilton, it features a large number of Canadians in the cast and crew. It won Oscars® for Original Score, Production Design, Achievement in Direction for Guillermo del Toro and Best Picture at the 90th annual Academy Awards.

Also see: A Banner Year for Canadians at the 2018 Academy Awards.

The Shape of Water, movie, poster,



J. Miles Dale
Guillermo del Toro

Associate Producer:

Daniel Kraus


Guillermo del Toro


Guillermo del Toro
Vanessa Taylor


Dan Laustsen


Sidney Wolinsky


Alexandre Desplat

Production Designer:

Paul D. Austerberry

Art Director:

Nigel Churcher

Costume Designer:

Luis Sequeira

Cast: Roles:

Sally Hawkins
Michael Shannon
Richard Jenkins
Octavia Spencer
Michael Stuhlbarg
Doug Jones
David Hewlett
Nick Searcy
Stewart Arnott
Nigel Bennett
Lauren Lee Smith
Martin Roach
Allegra Fulton
John Kapelos
Morgan Kelly
Marvin Kaye
Dru Viergever
Wendy Lyon
Cody Ray Thompson
Diego Fuentes
Madison Ferguson
Jayden Greig
Karen Glave
Danny Waugh
Dan Lett
Deney Forrest
Brandon McKnight
Clyde Whitham
Jonelle Gunderson
Cameron Laurie
Evgeny Akimov
Sergei Nikonov
Vanessa Oude-Reimerink
Alexey Pankratov
Shaila D’Onofrio
Edward Tracz

Elisa Esposito
Richard Strickland
Zelda Fuller
Dr. Robert Hoffstetler
Amphibian Man
General Hoyt
Elaine Strickland
Brewster Fuller
Mr. Arzoumanian
Pie Guy
Burly Russian
Military Policeman
Sally (Secretary)
Tammy Strickland
Timmy Strickland
African American Wife
African American Husband
Cadillac Salesman
Wet Cinema Patron
Bus Passenger #1
Bus Passenger #2
Russian Band
Russian Band
Russian Band
Russian Band
Elisa Dance Double
Amphibian Man Dance Double