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Feature Film

Drama - Biography

Finland 2017 | 115 Min

Tom of Finland

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Subtitles in French Dutch

he life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated cartoonist of the gay culture

Genre

Drama Biography

Subjects

gay art homosexuality gay culture finlnd

Language

English

Story

Tom of Finland is a beautiful and thrilling true story about Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen and his journey to international success. In the film, Touko returns home after serving his country in World War II. But post-war Finland is a bleak and moralistic place where homosexuality is illegal, so Touko has to be furtive about his sexual encounters. To amuse himself and his friends, Touko starts to draw muscular, uninhibited and proud gay men, but these drawings have to be kept secret - even his sister Kaija doesn’t know about them. For a while, Touko leads a regular life working in an advertisement agency, and falls in love with a dancer, Veli Mäkinen. But his drawings soon lead Touko to Berlin and from there to Los Angeles, where his art reaches a wide audience. His work, always with his ’Tom of Finland’ signature, becomes widely symbolic and fans the flames of the gay movement. Tom of Finland’s art is timeless and world famous.

Director

Dome Karukoski

Writer

Aleksi Bardy

Cast

Pekka Strang
Lauri Tilkanen
Jessica Grabowsky
Taisto Oksanen
Seumas Sargent
Niklas Hogner
Jakob Oftebro
Kari Hietalahti

Producers

Aleksi Bardy, Miia Haavisto, Annika Sucksdorff, Dome Karukoski, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Ronnie Fridthjof

Cinematographer

Lasse Frank

Production Designer

Christian Olander

Editors

Harri Ylönen

Composer

Hildur Guðnadóttir, Lasse Enersen

Musicians

Fortunator Musik, Jukka Immonen