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  • Tom of Finland

  • Original Title:
  • Tom of Finland
  • Screening Time:
  • Year:
  • 2017

  • Tom of Finland is a beautiful and fascinating filmic portrait of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang), and his journey to international success. In the film, Touko returns after the Continuation War to his somber and moralistic home of Finland, where homosexuality is illegal. To entertain himself and his friends, he begins drawing sketches of chiseled, free, uninhibited
and proud gay men. The illustrations are considered a danger in Finland, so Touko stashes them away. While working at an advertising agency, Touko falls in love with a dancer, Veli “Nipa” Mäkinen (Lauri Tilkanen), but they are forced to hide their relationship. Veli encourages Touko to show people his work, and so his drawings end
up taking him to Los Angeles via Berlin. In L.A. Touko finds an appreciative audience for his art with the help of his friends.

  • Director:
  • Dome Karukoski
  • Genre:
  • Drama
  • Duration:
  •  116 min.
  • Status:
  • Completed
  • Country:
  • Finland
  • Production Company:
  • Helsinki Filmi
    Annika Sucksdorff
    annika@helsinkifilmi.fi
    +358 50 596 8089

  • Director's Statement:
    Touko Laaksonen lived during a time when social laws and norms tried to deny him the right to act as his true self. He and the film are a testament to how one person alone can change the world, armed with only the tools of an artist. It is a portrait of an esteemed artist, in addition to a love story among all the other themes. Touko Laaksonen lived a truly incredible life, and it is to be shared with the entire world.
  • Sales Company:
  • Protagonist Pictures
  • About the Director:
    Dome Karukoski (b. 1976, Cyprus) is considered to be one of the most successful Finnish film directors. In 2013, he was chosen as one of the Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch. His six films have a total of 33 nominations in the Finnish National Film Awards, which he won for Home of the Dark Butterflies and Lapland Odyssey. They have sold to all continents.
  • « Back to Catalogue
  • Tom of Finland Image
  • Tom of Finland

  • Tom of Finland
  • Year:
  • 2017

  • Director:
  • Dome Karukoski
  • Genre:
  • Drama
  • Duration:
  •  116 min.
  • Status:
  • Completed
  • Country:
  • Finland
  • Production Company:
  • Helsinki Filmi
    Annika Sucksdorff
    annika@helsinkifilmi.fi
    +358 50 596 8089
  • Sales Company:
  • Protagonist Pictures
  • Tom of Finland is a beautiful and fascinating filmic portrait of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang), and his journey to international success. In the film, Touko returns after the Continuation War to his somber and moralistic home of Finland, where homosexuality is illegal. To entertain himself and his friends, he begins drawing sketches of chiseled, free, uninhibited
and proud gay men. The illustrations are considered a danger in Finland, so Touko stashes them away. While working at an advertising agency, Touko falls in love with a dancer, Veli “Nipa” Mäkinen (Lauri Tilkanen), but they are forced to hide their relationship. Veli encourages Touko to show people his work, and so his drawings end
up taking him to Los Angeles via Berlin. In L.A. Touko finds an appreciative audience for his art with the help of his friends.


  • Director's Statement:
    Touko Laaksonen lived during a time when social laws and norms tried to deny him the right to act as his true self. He and the film are a testament to how one person alone can change the world, armed with only the tools of an artist. It is a portrait of an esteemed artist, in addition to a love story among all the other themes. Touko Laaksonen lived a truly incredible life, and it is to be shared with the entire world.
  • About the Director:
    Dome Karukoski (b. 1976, Cyprus) is considered to be one of the most successful Finnish film directors. In 2013, he was chosen as one of the Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch. His six films have a total of 33 nominations in the Finnish National Film Awards, which he won for Home of the Dark Butterflies and Lapland Odyssey. They have sold to all continents.