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

Director Guillermo del Toro arrives ahead of the screening of "The Shape of Water" during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday

Guillermo del Toro holds the Golden Lion for best film for 'The Shape Of Water' during the awards photo call at the 74th Venice Film Festival at the V

Guillermo del Toro kisses the Golden Lion for best film for 'The Shape Of Water' during the awards photo call at the 74th Venice Film Festival at the

Director Guillermo del Toro arrives ahead of the screening of "The Shape of Water" during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday

TORONTO (AP) — Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" has been an undeniable breakout on the festival circuit, where it took the top prize at the Venice Film Festival over the weekend.

The film, which stars Sally Hawkins as a mute woman who falls for a captured sea monster, is a loving tribute to outsiders of all kinds — a message that has been received by festival audiences as a crucially relevant one.

Del Toro says that "sometimes the most shocking thing in this world is sincerity."

In an interview, Del Toro says he cries at his movie every time, even though he's seen it 185 times.