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UK PREMIERE

Tom of Finland

Part of the European Perspectives Strand

Dome Karukoski

  • 15

  • 114 mins

  • 2017

  • Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany

  • Finnish, German, English

Cast Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky

  • 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

Director Bio

Dome Karukoski

Director Bio

Dome Karukoski is one of Finland’s acclaimed directors. All of his films have been a success both critically and at the box office. Karukoski has been nominated for the best director prize with all of his six feature films. With Home of the Dark Butterflies and Lapland Odyssey he also won the prize for best director.

Body

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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