Mon 11 September 6:30pm
Wed 13 September 9:15pm
Director: Dome Karukoski
Cast: Jakob Oftebro, Werner Daehn, Jimmy Shaw
In Finnish and German 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 inhabitations. 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.
The screening on Mon 11 August is in association with Q Film.