Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy-adventure The Shape of Water has been awarded the Golden Lion for Best Picture at the Venice Film Festival. Set during the Cold War, The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins as Eliza, a lonely mute janitor working in a government lab who along with her co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) uncovers the existence of a strange amphibious creature that has been the subject of a classified experiment. Eliza and the imprisoned creature form a bond, but she soon learns that its life is under threat.

Del Toro’s eclectic career began in the 1990s with his ...

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