Tom of Finland (film)

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Tom of Finland
Directed byDome Karukoski
Produced by
  • Aleksi Bardy
  • Miia Haavisto
  • Annika Sucksdorff
Screenplay byAleksi Bardy
Music by
CinematographyLasse Frank
Edited byHarri Ylönen
Distributed byProtagonist Pictures (international)
Release date
  • 27 January 2017 (2017-01-27) (Gothenburg Film Festival)
  • 24 February 2017 (2017-02-24)
Running time
115 minutes
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Germany[1]
  • United States[2]
  • Finnish
  • English
Budget€3.8 million[3]
Box office$1.4 million[4][5]

Tom of Finland is a 2017 Finnish biographical drama film directed by Dome Karukoski and written by Aleksi Bardy. It stars Pekka Strang as Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, a Finnish homoerotic artist.[6]

Tom of Finland premiered on 27 January 2017, at Gothenburg Film Festival and 24 February 2017, in Finnish cinemas.[3] It was selected as the Finnish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.[7][8]


Touko Laaksonen returns home after serving in World War II. In post-war Helsinki, he makes a name for himself with his homoerotic drawings of muscular men. Before finding fame, he finds challenges from his sister and Finnish society due to his art.




At the 2016 Finnish Film Affair (a "work-in-progress forum" running alongside the Helsinki International Film Festival), Tom of Finland shared the Best Pitch prize, splitting the award money with Post Punk Disorder.[9][10]

At the 2017 Göteborg Film Festival, the film won the Fipresci Award.[11][12]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 81% based on 52 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10.[13] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100 based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Guy Lodge (11 February 2017). "Film Review: 'Tom of Finland'". Variety.
  2. ^ "Tom of Finland". Göteborg Film Festival. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Karukoski Announces Tom Of Finland Cast In Berlin". Nordic Drama. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Tom of Finland". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Tom of Finland". The Numbers. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  6. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (15 September 2016). "Protagonist, Helsinki Filmi Unveil 'Tom of Finland' Teaser". Variety. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Tom of Finland valittiin Suomen Oscar-ehdokkaaksi". Kaleva. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Tom of Finland film to vie for foreign-language Oscar nomination". YLE. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  9. ^ Elsa Keslassy (22 September 2016). "'Post Punk Disorder,' 'Tom of Finland' Scoop Finnish Film Affair Awards". Variety.
  10. ^ Kaleem Aftab (23 September 2016). "Finnish Film Affair: 'Tom Of Finland', 'Punk Syndrome' split Best Pitch prize". Screen Daily.
  11. ^ Alissa Simon (4 February 2017). "'Sámi Blood' Tops 40th Goteborg Film Festival". Variety.
  12. ^ "Here are the Dragon Award winners" (Press release). Göteborg Film Festival. 4 February 2017. Archived from the original on 17 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Tom of Finland (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Tom of Finland Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 9 February 2018.

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