Tom of Finland

Directed by Dome Karukoski

Year: 2017
Running Time: 116
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Country: Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany
Language: English and Finnish with English subtitles
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Tom of Finland

Pekka Strang
Lauri Tilkanen
Jessica Grabowsky
Werner Daehn

Writer Aleksi Bardy
Directed by Dome Karukoski

The proudly erotic drawings of artist Touko Laaksonen, known to the world as Tom of Finland, shaped the fantasies of a generation of gay men, influencing art and fashion before crossing over into the wider cultural consciousness. But who was the man behind the leather? Dome Karukoski’s stirring biopic follows his life from the trenches of WWII and repressive Finnish society of the 1950s through his struggle to get his work published in California, where he and his art were finally embraced amid the sexual revolution of the 1970s. Tom’s story is one of love, courage and perseverance, mirroring the gay liberation movement for which his leather-clad studs served as a defiant emblem.


"Terrific. A fascinating and fitting tribute to a true subversive gay hero."

Tom of Finland does an excellent job of illuminating one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.”

Truly breathtaking. Pekka Strang plays the title character with alternating layers of warmth, anxiety, and playfulness.”

"Seeing [Tom]’s fantasies realized exponentially confirms that his erotica is timeless. Tom of Finland commemorates gay culture’s Toulouse-Lautrec."

Tom of Finland is evidence of a taboo finding and flaunting its way into the mainstream.”

“Aided by a compelling lead performance from Pekka Strang, director Dome Karukoski offers a fascinating insight into Tom of Finland’s growing popularity and the gay liberation movement of the late 20th century.”

“Handsomely photographed and sensitively acted. Captures a sense of rebellious excitement generated by living an outlaw life just by loving someone of the same sex or wearing jackboots and leather trousers.”

"It’s high time Tom of Finland becomes more known to the world. His work was so influential and accomplished that many of the world’s great museums — including SFMOMA and the Berkeley Art Museum — have his art in their permanent collections."

"Tom of Finland entertainingly recounts an intriguing and vital chapter of 20th-century gay history with style and deference.”

"Adroitly traces the artist’s life from his struggles in an underground society to his connection with a queer community and his success in America... viewers get to know and understand the man behind the homoerotic images."


  • FIPRESCI Prize – Göteborg Film Festival 2017

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Venue City Date
Landmark Tivoli Theatre St. Louis 1520398800March 7, 2018
Imagine Cinemas Carlton Toronto 1519362000February 23 - March 8, 2018
Camelot Theatres Palm Springs 1517547600February 2 - March 1, 2018
Bytowne Ottawa 1517547600February 2 - February 7, 2018
The Picture House Pelham 1516942800January 26 - February 1, 2018
Space Gallery Portland 1516338000January 19, 2018
Cinema Detroit Detroit 1516338000January 19 - January 25, 2018
Northwest Film Forum Seattle 1516165200January 17 - January 26, 2018
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1515819600January 13 - January 14, 2018
Scandinavia House New York 1515733200January 12, 2018
Art Theatre of Long Beach Long Beach 1515560400January 10 - January 14, 2018
Scandinavian Film Festival Los Angeles 1515301200January 7, 2018
Art Theatre Champaign 1515128400January 5 - January 18, 2018
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1515128400January 5 - January 18, 2018
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus 1515128400January 5 - January 6, 2018
Cinema 21 Portland 1513918800December 22, 2017 - January 4, 2018
Landmark Esquire Theatre Denver 1513314000December 15 - December 21, 2017
Landmark West End Cinema Washington 1513314000December 15, 2017 - January 4, 2018
Landmark Kendall Square Cinema Boston 1513314000December 15 - December 21, 2017
Naro Expanded Cinema Norfolk 1513054800December 12, 2017
Cinestudio Hartford 1512882000December 10 - December 14, 2017
Vancity Theater Vancouver 1512795600December 9 - December 14, 2017
Roxy Hotel Cinema New York 1512795600December 9 - December 10, 2017
Landmark Chez Artiste Denver 1512709200December 8 - December 14, 2017
Landmark E Street Cinema Washington 1512709200December 8 - December 14, 2017
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema Atlanta 1512709200December 8 - December 21, 2017
Chalmette Movies Chalmette 1512709200December 8 - December 14, 2017
Landmark Lagoon Cinema Minneapolis 1512709200December 8 - December 21, 2017
Tivoli Cinemas Kansas City 1512709200December 8 - December 14, 2017
AMC Houston 8 Houston 1512709200December 8 - December 21, 2017
Castro Theatre San Francisco 1512450000December 5 - December 6, 2017
Angelika Film Center (Dallas) Dallas 1512104400December 1 - December 14, 2017
Roxie Theater San Francisco 1511499600November 24 - December 5, 2017
Parkway Theatre Baltimore 1511499600November 24 - December 21, 2017
Landmark Ritz at the Bourse Philadelphia 1511499600November 24 - December 14, 2017
Cable Car Cinema Providence 1511499600November 24 - November 30, 2017
AMC Sunset 5 Los Angeles 1511326800November 22 - November 30, 2017
Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers Yonkers 1511326800November 22, 2017
Cinema505 Montclair 1510808400November 16 - November 18, 2017
Harkins Christown 14 Phoenix 1510290000November 10 - November 21, 2017
Frida Cinema Santa Ana 1510290000November 10 - November 16, 2017
O Cinema Miami 1510290000November 10 - November 16, 2017
Salt Lake Film Society / Tower Theatre Salt Lake City 1510290000November 10 - November 21, 2017
Castro Theatre San Francisco 1510030800November 7, 2017
Harkins Valley Art Tempe 1509681600November 3 - November 9, 2017
Lark Theater Larkspur 1509681600November 3 - November 16, 2017
Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas San Diego 1509681600November 3 - November 9, 2017
Classic Gateway 4 Ft. Lauderdale 1509681600November 3 - November 30, 2017
Windsor International Film Festival Windsor 1509422400October 31, November 3, 2017
Laemmle Playhouse 7 Pasadena 1509163200October 28-29 + November 4-5, 2017
AMC Sunset 5 Los Angeles 1509076800October 27 - November 16, 2017
Landmark Ken Cinema San Diego 1509076800October 27 - November 2, 2017
The Showroom Asbury Park Asbury Park 1509076800October 27 - November 2, 2017
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley 1508472000October 20 - October 26, 2017
Landmark Nuart Theatre Los Angeles 1508472000October 20 - October 26, 2017
Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinema San Francisco 1508472000October 20 - November 21, 2017
Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn Brooklyn 1508472000October 20 - November 2, 2017
Quad Cinema New York 1507867200October 13 - December 14, 2017

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