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Venice Film Festival: Del Toro wins Golden Lion for The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro poses with the Golden Lion for Best Film Award for "The Shape Of Water" at the Award Winners photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on September 9, 2017 in Venice, Italy Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Guillermo del Toro is known for his gothic storytelling

Guillermo del Toro's critically-acclaimed romantic fantasy The Shape of Water has won the Golden Lion at the 74th Venice Film Festival.

The Mexican director, known for his Gothic horrors, said the coveted award was a testament to staying "with what you believe in - in my case, monsters".

Del Toro's latest film tells the tale of a cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins) who falls in love with an aquatic creature.

Israeli director Samuel Maoz's Foxtrot won the runner-up Grand Jury prize.

France's Xavier Legrand won the Silver Lion, named as best director for his drama Jusqu'à la Garde (Custody).

Del Toro dedicated the award to young Latin American directors.

"As a Mexican, I dedicate this award to all those Mexicans and Latin American directors dreaming of doing something as a parable, who are told it can't be done. It can be done," he said.

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