Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 7.30pm
The Shape of Water
US 2017. 2hr 3mins, Dir: Guillermo del Toro. Cast: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins. Language: English. Awards: 4 Oscars, 97 other wins and 278 nominations. Cert. 15.
This multiple award-winner (including Best Film 2018 Oscar) could only have been created by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth).
Cold War 1962 America: cleaner Elisa (Sally Hawkins) works in a Government security facility. One day her curiosity is aroused by a secret classified experiment and she discovers an amphibious creature from the Amazon being held in captivity. Despite the angry paranoia of a hostile government agent tailing her every move, Elisa and the creature establish a connection which alleviates their shared sense of isolation, but has ramifications which will land Elisa in deep water.
Darkly fantastic with evocative period sets make this a fabulous cinematic experience with echoes of 1950s classic The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Suspend disbelief and immerse yourself in the final film of our current season!
“[Many scenes] only a filmmaker working at the peak of their powers would even think to create. The film commits to each and every one of these moments, big and small, with an honesty and warmth that’s reflected in every aspect of its craft, from Laustsen’s luminous cinematography to Desplat’s elegantly swooning score” Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
“Guillermo del Toro conjures a cinematic extravaganza teeming with high notes” Nick James, Sight and Sound
“A swooning romantic melodrama that reshapes the mythical themes of beauty and the beast with deliciously bestial bite” Mark Kermode, The Guardian
Note: This screening is additional to our current season’s published programme (and free to BFS passholders). Our new season of films begins on September 11th.