Alejandro G. Iñárritu Writes a Love Letter to ‘The Shape of Water’: ‘It’s A Miracle It Exists’

Guillermo del Toro may be Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s friend, but he’s also a fellow filmmaker the “Birdman” director admires with great respect. Iñárritu recently participated in Variety’s Directors on Directors series, where he was given the opportunity to write a lengthy love letter to “The Shape of Water.” According to the two-time Oscar winner, Del Toro has made a miracle of a movie that is easily his best so far.

“Many years ago, Guillermo told me with his open, giant, sparkling eyes, about an idea that was circling around his head for his next film: The love story between a mute woman and a fish man,” Iñárritu writes. “That idea could not only occur to Guillermo del Toro, but also only an artist like himself would be capable of carrying it out. And for that same reason, aside from getting really excited about his idea, I knew that it would be his best film.”

Iñárritu says “The Shape of Water” is an example of a type of film that could only exist if it was created and directed by del Toro. He remembers del Toro once telling him that he felt like the fish man, who is a stranger and a monster to the world when he is not in the water.

“‘Shape of Water’ is a love letter to love,” Iñárritu writes. “And a love declaration for cinema. And Guillermo changed the paradigm of the monster tale because no monster or princess has to change. The only real transformation comes from within, by loving and accepting each other as they are…Like some of the literature from Haruki Murakami, Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Shape of Water’ is a delight of fantasy and a miracle it exists in our reality.”

Iñárritu was last on the big screen with “The Revenant,” which won him his second Best Director Oscar. Starz dropped his television series “The One Percent” in March, but the director still plans on finding a home for it in the future. Head over to Variety to read full post on “The Shape of Water.”

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The Safdie Brothers Are Releasing A New Hot Sauce — Here’s How to Get Your Limited Edition Bottle

The Safdie Brothers are spicing things up with Dark Matters Hot Sauce, partnering with the company to create their own limited edition hot sauce. Now available for pre-sale, the peach habanero-flavored hot sauce features acclaimed indie directors Benny and Josh Safdie’s faces on the label.

The pair behind films such as “Daddy Long Legs,” “Heaven Knows What,” and the Robert Pattison-lead “Good Time” have also included a bonus for a few lucky buyers: Some of the 1,111 limited-edition bottles will come with autographed certificates and pictures.

The combination of its peach and habanero flavors sound delicious without sacrificing its intensity. According to the Dark Matters website, the heat level is measured at “about an 8.85/10. It’s got a subtle sweet peach accent packed with lots of heat. This flavor goes great with poultry, sandwiches or lighter tasting foods.”

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Dark Matters Hot Sauce has teamed up with other pop culture icons in the past to offer a variety of hot sauces. There are some legendary pop punk groups in the mix, like State Champs’ “Slow Burn Hot Sauce” and Something Corporate’s “I Woke Up In A Car Hot Sauce.” In joining those fiery ranks, the Safdie Brothers are supporting the Dear Jack Foundation, an organization that supports the adolescent and young adult cancer population. The Dear Jack Foundation receives 30 percent of all sales.

The exclusive bottle is available for $12.95. The pre-sale has begun and orders are now viable for shipping, just in time for the holidays.

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