Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture. Tom Of Finland is the true story of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen and his journey to international success. Boys On Film is giving you the chance to win a copy of the double-play DVD/Blu Ray!
Touko (played by Pekka Strang) returns home after serving his country in World War II. But post-war Finland is a bleak and moralistic place where homosexuality is illegal and so Touko has to be furtive about his sexual encounters. To amuse himself and his friends, Touko starts to draw muscular, uninhibited and proud gay men, but these drawings have to be kept secret – even his sister Kaija (Jessica Grabowski) doesn’t know about them.
For a while, Touko leads a regular life working in an advertisement agency, and falls in love with a dancer, Veli Mäkinen (Lauri Tilkanen). But his drawings soon lead him to Berlin and from there to Los Angeles, where his art reaches a wide audience. His work, always with his ‘Tom of Finland’ signature, becomes widely symbolic and fans the flames of the gay movement. Tom of Finland’s art is timeless and world famous.
Dome Karukoski is one of Finland’s most acclaimed directors who was chosen as one of the Variety’s worldwide TOP-10 Directors to Watch in 2013. All six of Karukoski’s films have been a success both critically and at the box office and have earned him a total of 33 nominations in the Finnish National Film Awards.
Karukoski has been nominated for the best director prize with all of his six feature films, winning this twice with Home of the Dark Butterflies and Lapland Odyssey. 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 and played all over the world. In July 2017 Karukoski announced he will direct the J.R.R. Tolkien biopic for Fox Searchlight.
To win a copy of Tom Of Finland on double-play Blu-Ray/DVD:
Entrants must be over the age of 18 and UK residents only. Closing date for the competition is Friday 15th December 2017.