Tom of Finland to open 40th Goteborg Film Festival

// 13th of January, 2017

"Tom of Finland" has been selected to open the 2017 Goteborg Film Festival.
Directed by Dome Karukoski the picture stars Pekka Strang (Kites Over Helsinki), and the screenplay is written by Aleksi Bardy based on a idea by Dome Karukoski. Protagonist Pictures are handling international sales, and Finnkino will release the film theatrically in Finland.

Film and Music Entertainment’s Mike Downey and Sam Taylor are executive producers with Bardy, Miia Haavisto and Annika Sucksdorff of Helsinki Film producing the film. Gunnar Carlsson of Anagram Väst in Sweden, Miriam Nørgaard of Fridthjof Film in Denmark and Sophie Mahlo of Neutrinos Productions Germany will serve as co-producers.

The story centers on Laaksonen returning home to Helsinki a hero after a harrowing and eventful military service in World War II. He is persecuted for his homosexuality, trapped in secret affairs and pressured to get married to a woman. He discovers refuge and liberation in his art, specializing in homoerotic drawings of muscular men in sexually uninhibited situations, develops a worldwide following and helps fan the flames of a gay revolution in the U.S.

"This is the story of a man ahead of his time, bravely standing up against a world virulently against his right to be who he was - a homosexual man with homosexual fantasies," stated Karukoski. "The story shows how literally one person can create change in the world, even with something as simple as an artist’s tools."

The film is funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the Swedish Film Institute, the Finnish Film Foundation and the Danish Film Institute.