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Del Toro makes political statement with latest fantasy

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 01:39

A fairy tale in which a mute cleaner in a government laboratory falls in love with an aquatic creature facing dissection there - an appeal to embrace differences - premiered at the Venice film festival on Thursday. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. A fairy tale in which a mute cleaner in a government laboratory falls in love with an aquatic creature facing dissection there - an appeal to embrace differences - premiered at the Venice film festival on Thursday (August 31). Mexican director Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" stars Sally Hawkins as Elisa, the cleaner in the lab whose life changes when she befriends the amphibious creature, which has been captured by government scientists to study its breathing patterns for use in advances in space travel. The film is a very political fairy tale about love and coming together, Del Toro, a 52-year-old, previous Academy Award nominee, told Reuters. "The Shape of Water" features a fantastical creature - a cross between human and fish with glowing spots on its skin - to point to "the otherness" people so often reject, Del Toro said. But the notion of otherness is evoked through other characters as well, be it Elisa's black friend Zelda, played by Octavia Spencer, or her secretly gay neighbour, played by Richard Jenkins. The film is set in 1960s America but Del Toro, the maker of movies such as "Hellboy" and "Pan's Labyrinth", said the tale is relevant today.

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Del Toro makes political statement with latest fantasy

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 01:39