Tom of Finland (film)

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Tom of Finland
Tom-of-Finland-poster.jpg
Directed by Dome Karukoski
Produced by
  • Aleksi Bardy
  • Miia Haavisto
  • Annika Sucksdorff
Screenplay by Aleksi Bardy
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Lasse Frank
Edited by Harri Ylönen
Production
companies
Distributed by Protagonist Pictures (international)
Release date
  • 27 January 2017 (2017-01-27) (Gothenburg Film Festival)
  • 24 February 2017 (2017-02-24)
Running time
115 minutes
Country
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Germany[1]
  • United States[2]
Language
  • 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]

Plot[edit]

Touko Laaksonen returns home to Finland 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, Laaksonen finds challenges from his sister and Finnish society due to his art.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Awards[edit]

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]

References[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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