Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky
Country of Origin
Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Finnish, German, English
Director of Photography: Lasse Frank
Editor: Harri Ylönen
Produced by: Aleksi Bardy, Miia Haavisto, Annika Sucksdorff
Music: Hildur Guðnadóttir
Screenplay by: Aleksi Bardy
Production Designer: Christian Olander
Sound Production: Christian Holm, Niklas Skarp
Tom of Finland
Part of the European Perspectives Strand
Tom of Finland, with its butch male figures in sexualised situations, is a defining portrait of 1970s-80s gay imagery. For its creator Touko Laaksonen, the images began as sketches sold in secret to underground fan-zines, before being discovered in America and consequently catapulting him to stardom. This delightful biopic follows Laaksonen from WWII soldier struggling to hide his sexuality, to gay icon in the leather bars of new York via love, loss and prejudice. An outstanding depiction of one man, his art, and their place in modern history.
Contains flashing images.
Supported by the Embassy of Finland.
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