Tom of Finland

A biography of the gay icon and artist who changed the world with his drawings and made it think differently about difference.

Tom of Finland
Denmark, Finland, Sweden 2017
  • Czech
116 min.
  • This film is available until 3. 4. 2027 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of the homosexual and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.

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Director: Dome Karukoski
Screenplay: Aleksi Bardy, Dome Karukoski
Cinematography: Lasse Frank Johannessen
Music: Lasse Enersen, Hildur Guðnadóttir
Sound: Christian Holm, Niklas Skarp, Erik Clauss
Editing: Harri Ylönen
Production Design: Christian Olander
Producer: Aleksi Bardy, Miia Haavisto, Annika Sucksdorff
Co-production: Gunnar Carlsson, Caroline Eybye, Miriam Nørgaard, Simon Perry, Malin Söderlund, Ingvar Þórðarson
Costumes: Anna Vilppunen
Cast: Pekka Strang, Seumas F. Sargent, Chris Myland, Alf Myreen, Fabian Puregger, Lauri Tilkanen, Roope Karisto, Taisto Oksanen, Emanuel Claesson, Henri Keränen

Göteborg Film Festival

2017 – Dome Karukoski (FIPRESCI Prize)

  • This film is available until 3. 4. 2027 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.