Best of Film & Blu-ray Releases – The Shape of Water – Fox Searchlight Pictures – Director, Producer & Writer Guillermo del Toro – Producer J. Miles Dale – Writer Vanessa Taylor – Starring – Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer – Amphibian Man – Aquaman
The Shape of Water is a 2017 American dark 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, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer, and follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who befriends a captured sea creature in 1961 Baltimore.
The film was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival and premiered on August 31, 2017, where it 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 received critical acclaim, with many critics declaring it del Toro's best film since Pan's Labyrinth and particularly praising Hawkins's performance
The American Film Institute selected it as one of the top 10 films of the year. The film received seven nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Actress – Drama for Hawkins, Best Supporting Actress for Spencer, Best Supporting Actor for Jenkins, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score.
The Shape of Water had a December 1, 2017 limited release in two theaters in New York City before expanding in the United States on December 8, 2017. A novel adaptation of film written by del Toro and Daniel Kraus will be released on February 27, 2018.