Dome Karkowski | Finland | 2017 | 116 mins | Cert 15 | Finnish with English Subtitles
Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing.
He finds post-war Helsinki rampant with homophobic persecution, and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.
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Tom of Finland is presented in partnership by Hull Independent Cinema, Pride in Hull and Hull UK City of Culture 2017.