Tom of Finland

Josef Persson

Finland’s most successful director, Dome Karukoski brings the compelling story of artist Touko Laaksonen to the screen in this important look at one of the gay community’s iconic figures. A decorated officer who returned home after serving in WWII, Laaksonen found peacetime in Helsinki a nightmare, with rampant persecution of gays, and men being pressured to marry women and have children. Finding refuge in his art, Laaksonen became a leading figure in the gay “deviant” art movement, and his drawings of muscular men free of inhibitions helped ignite the flames of the gay revolution.
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