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