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TOM OF FINLAND

by Dome Karukoski

synopsis

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, specializing 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.

international title: Tom of Finland
original title: Tom of Finland
working title: Touko
country: Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, United States, United Kingdom
sales agent: Protagonist Pictures
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Dome Karukoski
film run: 115'
release date: SE, 3/03/2017, FI 24/02/2017
screenplay: Dome Karukoski, Aleksi Bardy, Kauko Röyhkä, Mark Alton Brown, Noam Andrews, Susanna Luoto, Mia Ylönen
cast: Jakob Oftebro, Jessica Grabowsky, Werner Daehn, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Jimmy Shaw, Lauri Tilkanen, Kari Hietalahti, Pekka Strang, Jan Böhme
cinematography by: Lasse Frank Johannessen
film editing: Harri Ylönen
art director: Lotta Bergman, Astrid Poeschke, Riina Sipiläinen, Ricardo Molina
costumes designer: Anna Vilppunen
music: Lasse Enersen, Hildur Guðnadóttir
producer: Aleksi Bardy, Miia Haavisto, Annika Sucksdorff
co-producer: Gunnar Carlsson, Caroline Eybye, Miriam Nørgaard, Simon Perry, Malin Söderlund, Ingvar Thórdarson, Sophie Mahlo
production: Helsinki Filmi Oy, Anagram Produktion, Fridthjof Film a/s, Neutrinos Productions, Film i Väst, Film and Music Entertainment
backing: Danish Film Institute, Finland100, Finnish Film Foundation, MEDIA Programme, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Nordic Film och TV Fund, Suomen Elokuvasäätiö, Swedish Film Institute
distributor: Finnkino

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