Latinos in Hollywood: Guillermo del Toro

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The Mexican filmmaker is having one of the best moments of his career with his latest film “The Shape of Water.”

Since its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, “The Shape of Water” has been gathering excellent reviews from critics and award nominations.

This fantasy romance is the latest entry in the filmography of Guillermo del Toro, the Guadalajara-born filmmaker who also directed the critically acclaimed films “The Devil’s Backbone” (2001) and “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006).

Del Toro began making his first short films with his father’s camera when he was only eight-years-old. He studied film at the Universidad de Guadalajara, and then he went on to study special effects and make-up with artist Dick Smith. With the skills he acquired, Del Toro started his own special effects company called Necropia.

In 1993 Del Toro directed his first feature film, “Cronos,” in his native Mexico. This films offers a first glimpse into the reoccurring themes that will be explored in his later work; his fascination with creatures and monsters and the dark side of the human experience.

“What makes a man a man? A friend of mine once wondered. Is it his origins? The way he comes to life? I don’t think so. It’s the choices he makes. Not how he starts things, but how he decides to end them.”

Guillermo del Toro

Del Toro’s career is particularly remarkable because he has been able to work on big Hollywood blockbusters such as “Hellboy” (2004) and “Pacific Rim” (2013) as well as in more artistic and independent pictures.

“I try to find inspiration in books, paintings, illustrations and the one thing I try to avoid is just being inspired by other movies, because then you just are talking about movies in movies. I try to talk about movies that are culturally and spiritually a little more diverse.”

Guillermo del Toro

Hard work, imagination and originality have made Del Toro not just one of the best Mexican filmmakers, but one of the best filmmakers in the world. On this year’s Academy Awards, “The Shape of Water” will be competing on 13 categories, including Best Picture and Best Director. It will definitely be an important night for Del Toro.

Guillermo del Toro
‘The Shape of Water’ is nominated for 13 Academy Awards

We hope to keep seeing more amazing work from this talented filmmaker for many years to come!

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