Tom of Finland — U.S. Trailer


added: Tue, Sep 12th '17

1950s Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, better known by the pseudonym "Tom of Finland," inspired a whole generation of LGBT people with his controversial drawings of leather-clad gay men. Now his life and work is the subject of a new thoughtful biopic, which stars Finnish actor Pekka Strang as the influential gay icon.

Following Laaksonen's years as a decorated officer who returns home after fighting in World War II, only to be forced to flee to America because of his homosexuality and gay erotica art, "Tom of Finland" is the latest film from acclaimed Finnish director Dome Karukoski (Heart of a Lion, The Grump), who, interestingly enough, has recently been tapped to direct an upcoming biopic about the early life and career of "Lord of The Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien.

"Tom of Finland" earned strong reviews when it played at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The movie will officially make its U.S. debut next month, opening in New York on October 13th and in Los Angeles on October 20th.

Known to the world as Tom of Finland, the proudly erotic drawings of artist Touko Laaksonen 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.


directed by   Dome Karukoski

starring   Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Werner Daehn

release date   October 13, 2017 (NY); October 20, 2017 (LA)

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