An extended trailer has been released for Dome Karukoski’s Tom of Finland, released on 3rd March 2017, which tells the story of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen who became known simply as Tom of Finland.
Laaksonen returned home to Helsinki a hero after an eventful military service during World War II. However, peacetime was no less distressing for him as he was persecuted for his homosexuality, forced to have secret affairs and pressured into marrying a woman.
He went on to discover liberation in his art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men in provocative poses, and developed a worldwide following that fanned the flames of gay revolution in the US.
Pekka Strang plays Touko Laaksonen, with Lauri Tilkanen as Tom’s partner and muse Veli, Jessica Grabowsky as Tom’s sister Kaija, and Werner Daehn as art collector Müller.
Karukoski said: “This is the story of a man ahead of his time, bravely standing up against a world virulently against his right to ask who he was – a homosexual man with homosexual fantasies.”
“The story shows how literally one person can create change in the world, even with something as simple as an artist’s tools.”