Tom of Finland

Awards
AUSTIN GAY & LESBIAN - aGLIFF AUDIENCE AWARD
ACADEMY AWARDS 2018 - Finnish Foreign Language Nominee
GOTEBORG 2017 - FIPRESCI Award
HELSINKI 2016 - Pitch Award
  • "artfully composed and sensitively acted"
    - Screen
Completed (Launched Goteborg Film Festival Jan 2017 Opening Film) / Drama / Finland-Sweden-Denmark-Germany
Director:
Dome Karukoski (The Grump, Heart of a Lion, Lapland Odyssey)
Writer:
Aleksi Bardy (Heart of a Lion, The Border)
Cast:
Pekka Strang
Lauri Tilkanen
Werner Daehn
Jessica Grabowsky
Producers:
Aleksi Bardy
Mila Haavisto
Annika Sucksdorff
Production Credits:
Helsinki-filmi / Anagram Vast / Fridthjof Film / Neutrinos Productions

Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture. 

Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds post-war Helsinki rampant with homophobic persecution, and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhabitations. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution. 

About the Director:

Dome Karukoski is known for his humane and original films, that have attracted both large audiences and critical acclaim in Finland and abroad. His first three films The Grump (2014), Heart of a Lion (2012) and Lapland Odyssey (2010) all had their premieres at the Toronto Film Festival. Tom of Finland is his English language debut.