After hitting the film festival hard this year, Tom of Finland finally opens in New York this weekend. It then arrives the following week in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. A brand new clip from the highly-anticipated film has dropped to hype the release.
The video finds Jack (Jakob Oftebro) and Doug (Seumas F. Sargent) bonding in the gym change room after spotting a Tom of Finland drawing hanging in their respective locker. They end up hitchhiking down to L.A. where they’ll play a role in Laaksonen’s life when the Finnish artist visits California.
Known to the world as Tom of Finland, the proudly erotic drawings of artist Touko Laaksonen 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.
Pekka Strang plays Laaksonen while Lauri Tilkanen takes on Veli, his partner, lover, and muse of 28 years. The film has been selected as the Finnish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.
Check out the clip and North American trailer below.
Tom of Finland | Clip: Doug and Jack
Tom Of Finland North American Trailer