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Film: Free Members-Only Screening | The Shape of Water


2017, 123 minutes, color | Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, story by Guillermo del Toro; directed by Guillermo del Toro; with Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg

For LACMA Film Club and Film Independent members only

Includes a conversation with writer/director Guillermo del Toro and cast

From Oscar-nominated writer/director Guillermo del Torowhose projects from Hellboy to Cronos to Pan’s Labyrinth to Pacific Rim display the heart-on-his-ruffled-sleeves loamy romanticism (and lurking horrors) of Byron—comes a story that pulls together all of his influences and inspirations. Quiet, intense Eliza (Sally Hawkins) labors in custodial work at a government facility along with co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer)their friendship being one of the lights in their lives. Until Eliza stumbles on a secret humanoid amphibian (Doug Jones) and begins a relationship with it that causes her, and everyone in her circle, to ask questions about their lives. The Shape of Water has the quality of a fable in which its protagonist, roused from her mute somnolence by love, becomes a heroine. The filmmaker gets the best from his unusual cast, which also includes Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg. Following the screening, del Toro will speak about his work, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

In conjunction with Film Independent at LACMA

LACMA | Bing Theater


A limited number of tickets will be available at at the stand by line 15 min before the published start time of the event.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for the screening can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seats 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seats may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.