Tom of Finland
Directed by Dome Karukoski
Tom of Finland
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.
BRING TOM OF FINLAND TO A THEATER NEAR YOU!
Starting in 2018, we are using Theatrical On Demand® to bring Tom of Finland to additional cities across the U.S. This means more people will get the chance to experience this powerful film on the big screen. It also means that we need your help. The film will only come to your city if someone like you signs up to host a screening and enough tickets are reserved.
Hosting a screening is free and easy, we just need you to sign up to become a Movie Captain and help us spread the word! Follow this link to request a screening at your local movie theater.
Filling out the Theatrical On Demand® screening request form takes about five minutes and costs nothing. All you have to do is pick the date, time, and theater where you want to host your screening. Once you submit the completed form, you'll receive a confirmation email from Gathr Films and your screening will be on its way.
We'll handle all the behind-the-scenes stuff so you can focus on spreading the word about your screening of Tom of Finland and get people in your community to reserve tickets. Theatrical On Demand® screenings only happen if a minimum number of people reserve their tickets online in advance, so activating your community is key. Once you set up the screening, we'll be in touch to make sure you have all the tools you need!
"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
Interested in bringing Tom of Finland to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.
Tom of Finland may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.
|Landmark Tivoli Theatre||St. Louis||MO||1520398800March 7, 2018|
|Imagine Cinemas Carlton||Toronto||ON||1519362000February 23 - March 1, 2018|
|Camelot Theatres||Palm Springs||CA||1517547600February 2 - February 22, 2018|
|Bytowne||Ottawa||ON||1517547600February 2 - February 7, 2018|
|Picturehouse||Pelham||NY||1516942800January 26 - February 1, 2018|
|Space Gallery||Portland||ME||1516338000January 19, 2018|
|Cinema Detroit||Detroit||MI||1516338000January 19 - January 25, 2018|
|Northwest Film Forum||Seattle||WA||1516165200January 17 - January 26, 2018|
|Cleveland Cinematheque||Cleveland||OH||1515819600January 13 - January 14, 2018|
|Scandinavia House||New York||NY||1515733200January 12, 2018|
|Art Theatre of Long Beach||Long Beach||CA||1515560400January 10 - January 14, 2018|
|Scandinavian Film Festival||Los Angeles||CA||1515301200January 7, 2018|
|Art Theatre||Champaign||IL||1515128400January 5 - January 18, 2018|
|Gene Siskel Film Center||Chicago||IL||1515128400January 5 - January 18, 2018|
|Wexner Center for the Arts||Columbus||OH||1515128400January 5 - January 6, 2018|
|Cinema 21||Portland||OR||1513918800December 22, 2017 - January 4, 2018|
|Landmark Esquire Theatre||Denver||CO||1513314000December 15 - December 21, 2017|
|Landmark West End Cinema||Washington||DC||1513314000December 15, 2017 - January 4, 2018|
|Landmark Kendall Square Cinema||Boston||MA||1513314000December 15 - December 21, 2017|
|Naro Expanded Cinema||Norfolk||VA||1513054800December 12, 2017|
|Cinestudio||Hartford||CT||1512882000December 10 - December 14, 2017|
|Vancity Theater||Vancouver||BC||1512795600December 9 - December 14, 2017|
|Roxy Hotel Cinema||New York||NY||1512795600December 9 - December 10, 2017|
|Landmark Chez Artiste||Denver||CO||1512709200December 8 - December 14, 2017|
|Landmark E Street Cinema||Washington||DC||1512709200December 8 - December 14, 2017|
|Landmark Midtown Art Cinema||Atlanta||GA||1512709200December 8 - December 21, 2017|
|Chalmette Movies||Chalmette||LA||1512709200December 8 - December 14, 2017|
|Landmark Lagoon Cinema||Minneapolis||MN||1512709200December 8 - December 21, 2017|
|Tivoli Cinemas||Kansas City||MO||1512709200December 8 - December 14, 2017|
|AMC Houston 8||Houston||TX||1512709200December 8 - December 21, 2017|
|Castro Theatre||San Francisco||CA||1512450000December 5 - December 6, 2017|
|Angelika Film Center (Dallas)||Dallas||TX||1512104400December 1 - December 14, 2017|
|Roxie Theater||San Francisco||CA||1511499600November 24 - December 5, 2017|
|Parkway Theatre||Baltimore||MD||1511499600November 24 - December 21, 2017|
|Landmark Ritz at the Bourse||Philadelphia||PA||1511499600November 24 - December 14, 2017|
|Cable Car Cinema||Providence||RI||1511499600November 24 - November 30, 2017|
|AMC Sunset 5||Los Angeles||CA||1511326800November 22 - November 30, 2017|
|Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers||Yonkers||NY||1511326800November 22, 2017|
|Cinema505||Montclair||NJ||1510808400November 16 - November 18, 2017|
|Harkins Christown 14||Phoenix||AZ||1510290000November 10 - November 21, 2017|
|Frida Cinema||Santa Ana||CA||1510290000November 10 - November 16, 2017|
|O Cinema||Miami||FL||1510290000November 10 - November 16, 2017|
|Salt Lake Film Society @ Tower Theatre||Salt Lake City||UT||1510290000November 10 - November 21, 2017|
|Castro Theatre||San Francisco||CA||1510030800November 7, 2017|
|Harkins Valley Art||Tempe||AZ||1509681600November 3 - November 9, 2017|
|Lark Theater||Larkspur||CA||1509681600November 3 - November 16, 2017|
|Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas||San Diego||CA||1509681600November 3 - November 9, 2017|
|Classic Gateway 4||Ft. Lauderdale||FL||1509681600November 3 - November 30, 2017|
|Windsor International Film Festival||Windsor||ON||1509422400October 31, November 3, 2017|
|Laemmle Playhouse 7||Pasadena||CA||1509163200October 28-29 + November 4-5, 2017|
|AMC Sunset 5||Los Angeles||CA||1509076800October 27 - November 16, 2017|
|Landmark Ken Cinema||San Diego||CA||1509076800October 27 - November 2, 2017|
|The Showroom Asbury Park||Asbury Park||NJ||1509076800October 27 - November 2, 2017|
|Landmark Shattuck Cinemas||Berkeley||CA||1508472000October 20 - October 26, 2017|
|Landmark Nuart Theatre||Los Angeles||CA||1508472000October 20 - October 26, 2017|
|Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinema||San Francisco||CA||1508472000October 20 - November 21, 2017|
|Reel Pride||Winnipeg||MB||1508472000October 20 - October 21, 2017|
|Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn||Brooklyn||NY||1508472000October 20 - November 2, 2017|
|Cinema Arts Centre||Huntington||NY||1508040000October 15, 2017|
|Quad Cinema||New York||NY||1507867200October 13 - December 14, 2017|
|Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film festival||Tampa||FL||1507435200October 8, 2017|
|ImageOut: Rochester LGBT Film and Vido Festival||Rochester||NY||1507348800October 7, 2017|
|Out on Film - Atlanta||Atlanta||GA||1507003200October 3, 2017|
|Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival||Monroeville||PA||1506830400October 1, 2017|
|Vancouver Int'l Film Festival||Vancouver||BC||1506744000September 30 - October 7, 2017|
|The Miniplex at Richards' Goat Tavern & Tea Room||Arcata||CA||1506052800September 22, 2017|
|Quebec City film Festival||Quebec City||QC||1505275200September 13 - September 23, 2017|
|Austin's Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival||Austin||TX||1504756800September 7 - September 10, 2017|
|QFest||Houston||TX||1501300800July 29, 2017|
|Traverse City Film Festival||Traverse City||MI||1500955200July 25 - July 30, 2017|
|Denver Film Society||Denver||CO||1500436800July 19 - July 23, 2017|
|Festival Fantasia||Montreal||QC||1499918400July 13 - August 2, 2017|
|Outfest||Los Angeles||CA||1499313600July 6 - July 16, 2017|
|Frameline||San Francisco||CA||1497758400June 18, 2017|
|OutEast||Halifax||NS||1497499200June 15 - June 17, 2017|
|MIFO LGBT Film Festival||Miami||FL||1496376000June 2, 2017|
|Fairy Tales Film Festival||Calgary||AB||1495771200May 26, 2017|
|Seattle International Film Festival||Seattle||WA||1495771200May 26 - May 27, 2017|
|Inside Out||Toronto||ON||1495684800May 25 - June 4, 2017|
|Tribeca Film Festival||New York||NY||1492920000April 23 - April 27, 2017|
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