123 minutes – Fantasy, Sci-Fi 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.
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 Giles Zelda Fuller Dr. Robert Hoffstetler Amphibian Man Fleming General Hoyt Bernard Mihalkov Elaine Strickland Brewster Fuller Yolanda Mr. Arzoumanian Pie Guy Burly Russian Military Policeman Sally (Secretary) Guard Worker Tammy Strickland Timmy Strickland African American Wife African American Husband Cadillac Salesman Lou Duane Wet Cinema Patron Bus Passenger #1 Bus Passenger #2 Russian Band Russian Band Russian Band Russian Band Elisa Dance Double Amphibian Man Dance Double