Sally Hawkins

Q&A: Del Toro on his festival sensation and love of monsters

If the Toronto International Film Festival has proven one thing, it's that Guillermo del Toro can work a room.

At the premiere of his festival sensation and surefire Oscar contender "The Shape of Water," the good-humored Mexican director had the audience of the Elgin Theatre in his thrall, both by the magic of his monster romance and by his self-deprecating sincerity discussing the film's political relevance (proclamations to "make America great again," he said, were a "false memory" of the segregated early '60s in which his film is set) as well as his own fondness for his adopted home of Toronto.

"I identify with Canada," said Del...