Selected as the official submission to this year’s Academy Awards by the country of its title, Dome Karukoski’s critically acclaimed biopic “Tom of Finland” has scored a U.S. trailer.
The project follows the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated art world figures of the 20th century, Touko Laaksonen – better known by his signature name ‘Tom of Finland’.
Laaksonen returned from WW2 a decorated officer, only to find post-war Helsinki rampant with homophobic persecution. He finds refuge in his liberating art – inhibition-free homoerotic drawings of muscular men.
His work became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of the worldwide gay revolution. “Tom of Finland” opens Friday, October 13th in New York and a week later on October 20th in Los Angeles and San Francisco.