It played at SIFF 2017 last spring but not at TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival so we’re delighted that TOM OF FINLAND, the Finnish biopic about the legendary gay artist Touko Laaksonen best known as “Tom of Finland” is returning to Seattle for a few screenings at Capitol Hill’s Northwest Film Forum in late January 2018.
The film has earned strong reviews and is Finland’s official entry for this year’s Foreign Language Film category. Beloved gay film director John Waters put the film on his annual 10 Best Film’s List for 2017.
The proudly erotic drawings of artist Touko Laaksonen, known to the world as Tom of Finland, shaped the fantasies of a generation of gay men, influencing art and fashion before crossing over into the wider cultural consciousness. But who was the man behind the leather? Dome Karukoski’s stirring biopic follows his life from the trenches of WWII and repressive Finnish society of the 1950s through his struggle to get his work published in California, where he and his art were finally embraced amid the sexual revolution of the 1970s. Tom’s story is one of love, courage and perseverance, mirroring the gay liberation movement for which his leather-clad studs served as a defiant emblem.
$12 General Admission