Fresh off his Golden Lion win at the Venice Film Festival, director Guillermo del Toro
bowed his latest feature, “The Shape of Water
,” at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday night. It was a special kind of homecoming for the Mexican filmmaker, who now lives in the Canadian city and filmed much of the feature there.
The lush fairy tale, starring Sally Hawkins
as mute janitor Eliza, toiling midnight hours at a secret facility who falls in love with a “monster” being kept there (playing charmingly by Doug Jones
in a full-body fish-man suit), is a full-force expression of del Toro’s own creativity, and one that just so happened to partially shoot some of its crucial scenes in the same theater where it bowed during the midpoint of the festival, the historic Elgin Theatre.
Partially a love letter to the power of cinema, mostly a full-scale movie romance for the ages,