From award-winning Finnish filmmaker Dome Karukoski comes an acclaimed new new biopic about iconic LGBT artist Touko Laaksonen, known to the world as Tom of Finland. Screens daily November 10 – 16 at The Frida; showtimes below. Advance tickets now available at box office, or online by clicking here.
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 peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of the homosexual and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specializing 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.
Tom on Finland will be presented in its original Finnish and German, with English subtitles.
Friday, November 10 – 5:30pm, 8pm
Saturday, November 11 – 12:30pm, 3pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
Sunday, November 12 – 12:30pm, 3pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
Monday, November 13 – 5:30pm, 8pm
Tuesday, November 14 – 5:30pm, 8pm
Wednesday, November 15 – 5:30pm, 8pm
Thursday, November 16 – 5:30pm, 9:30pm
“Tom of Finland entertainingly recounts an intriguing and vital chapter of 20th-century gay history with style and deference.” – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
“Tom of Finland provides an intriguing glimpse into the relationship between art and commerce, set against a backdrop of cultural repression and restraint.” – Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
“Tom of Finland is almost as handsome and glossy as the drawings of luxuriantly leather-clad fantasy figures with which he made his name.” – Wendy Ide, Observer (UK)