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'I want to keep coming back:' Guillermo del Toro raves about Toronto, Hamilton at TIFF

'I want to keep coming back:' Guillermo del Toro raves about Toronto, Hamilton at TIFF
From CBC - September 12, 2017

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro says he loves Hamilton so much he'd like to set up his own studio in the southern Ontario city.

The Pan's Labyrinthdirector gushed about Hamilton and Toronto as he discussed his latest Ontario-shot feature, The Shape of Water,at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Del Toro says he's watched Hamilton evolve since the 1990s and calls it a "powerhouse" of creativityand great pancakes.

The filmmaker live-tweeted about his favourite Hamilton restaurants and book stores last year as he worked on the fantasy romance, already an awards-season contender after buoyant early reviews.

The Shape of Waterwon the Venice Film Festival's top prize on Saturday, snagging the Gold Lion just before heading to TIFF.Sally Hawkins stars as a mute janitor who discovers a strange amphibious creature at the U.S. government laboratory where she works.

Del Toro says he packed the '60s-set fairy tale with nods to classic Hollywood films. And he had lots to say about his affection for the city known as the Hammer.

'I love Hamilton'

"I love Hamilton, I love it. It has some of the greatest stores, book stores, restaurants. It's really a transforming city," del Toro told a TIFF press conference Monday.

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