Tom of Finland

International Narrative Competition

International Premiere

Denmark, Germany, Finland, Sweden | 114 MINUTES

TOM OF FINLAND

Drama, LGBT
From shunned to celebrated, this is the story of cult-artist Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, and the events that influenced his iconic homoerotic drawings. After the trauma of serving in WWII, Tuoko finds no peace at home as he has to go to increasingly greater lengths to hide his homosexuality, even from his family. As the secret affairs and police crackdowns wear on him, he commits more deeply to his art, drawing inspiration from the uniforms that oppress him.

Tuoko gains confidence from the positive reactions he receives after sharing his explicit drawings of muscular men in sexually uninhibited situations with a select few. But it is only when an American publisher sees them and invites Tuoko over to the West Coast that his life really takes a turn. Finally being able to walk free and proud in Los Angeles, Tuoko dives head first into the sexual revolution, becoming an icon and a rallying point. Tuoko’s story is unique and unforgettable. Director Dome Karukoski brings him to life, creating a moving portrayal of the man behind the legendary images.​

—Jule Rozite

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Dome Karukoski

One of Finland’s most highly acclaimed directors, Dome Karukoski has been named one of “Variety’s” top 10 Directors to Watch. All his films have been highly critically acclaimed and gathered numerous international awards. Winner of several Finnish National Film Awards, and Best Director for Dark Butterflies and Lapland Odyssey, Karukoski’s films are successful abroad as well as at home.
Director
Dome Karukoski
Screenwriter
Aleksi Bardy
Cinematographer
Frank Lasse
Editor
Harri Ylönen
Composer
Hildur Guðnadóttir
Producer
Aleksi Bardy, Mila Haavisto, Annika Sucksdorff
Cast
Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Werner Daehn, Jessica Grabowsky

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