Tom of Finland

Directed by Dome Karukoski

Year: 2017
Running Time: 116
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany
Language: English and Finnish with English subtitles
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Tom of Finland

Cast
Pekka Strang
Lauri Tilkanen
Jessica Grabowsky
Werner Daehn

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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.”

“Unique and unforgettable. A moving portrayal of the man behind the legendary images.”

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

  • FIPRESCI Prize – Göteborg Film Festival 2017

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Venue City Date
Landmark Kendall Square Cinema Boston 1513314000December 15 - December 21, 2017
Landmark E Street Cinema Washington 1512709200December 8 - December 14, 2017
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema Atlanta 1512709200December 8 - December 14, 2017
Landmark Lagoon Cinema Minneapolis 1512709200December 8 - December 14, 2017
Landmark Chez Artiste Denver 1512104400December 1 - December 7, 2017
Landmark Ritz at the Bourse Philadelphia 1511499600November 24 - November 30, 2017
Landmark Ken Cinema San Diego 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 - October 26, 2017
Quad Cinema New York 1507867200October 13 - October 19, 2017
Festival Fantasia Montreal 1499918400July 13 - August 2, 2017
Frameline San Francisco 1497758400June 18, 2017


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