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FINLAND: Tom of Finland


This stirring biopic follows the life of the artist Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang), known to the world as Tom of Finland, whose proudly erotic drawings 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? After serving in the army in WWII, Touko returned to repressive Finnish society of the 1950s, haunted by traumatic experiences. Moving in with his affectionate but unenlightened sister Kaija (Jessica Grabowsky), he fell in love with her lodger, handsome dancer Veli (Lauri Tiklanen), who Kaija also fancied. Unable to express his feelings openly, Touko poured them into his drawings, creating his vision of the hypermasculine leatherman. Soon his art was famous under his secret pseudonym, but getting it published was a struggle that took Touko to 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. Finland’s Official Selection for Best Foreign Language Film consideration at the 90th Academy Awards. (Partially subtitled)

12/8/2017 1:05 PM - 12/14/2017 10:00 PM

 

Place
E Street Cinema

Street address
555 11th Street NW

Links
E Street Cinema

2017-12-08 00:00:00 2017-12-14 23:59:59 America/New_York FINLAND: Tom of Finland European Union Delegation in the US: FINLAND: Tom of Finland Landmark Theater E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. European Union Delegation in the US delegation-usa-info@eeas.europa.eu
December 8-14, 2017

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Landmark Theater E Street Cinema,
555 11th Street, NW,
Washington, D.C.20004
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