Tom of Finland
Tom of Finland is a beautiful and thrilling true story about a Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen and his journey to international success. In the film, Touko returns home after serving his country in World War II. But post-war Finland is a bleak and moralistic place where homosexuality is illegal, so Touko has to be furtive about his sexual encounters. To amuse himself and his friends, Touko starts to draw muscular, free and proud gay men who are uninhibited. These drawings are forbidden and dangerous in Finland, so they must be kept secret. Even his sister Kaija doesn’t know what he’s drawing. During the day, Touko leads a regular life working in an advertisement agency. He then falls in love with a dancer, Veli Mäkinen. The drawings lead Touko to Berlin and from there to Los Angeles, where his friends help his art become a success. His works, signed with Touko’s artist name ’Tom of Finland’, become widely popular and fan the flames of the gay movement. Tom of Finland’s art is timeless and world famous.
Dome Karukoski (b. 1976, Cyprus) is is one of Finland’s most acclaimed directors. In 2013, he was chosen as one of the Variety’s worldwide TOP-10 Directors to Watch. All of his films have been a success both critically and at the box office. His six films have a total of 33 nominations in the Finnish National Film Awards. He has been nominated for the best director prize with all of his six feature films. With Home of the Dark Butterflies and Lapland Odyssey he also won the prize for best director. Three of his six films have won the audience award in Finland and his films have gathered numerous international prizes. His films have sold to all continents.