London-based sales company Protagonist and Nordic outfit Helsinki Filmi have unveiled the first teaser of Dome Karukoski’s anticipated “Tom of Finland,” a biopic about groundbreaking Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen which stars Pekka Strang.
A pioneering figure in late 20th-century gay culture, Laaksonen faced oppression and homophobia during his youth and found escapism through art. His most famous homoerotic drawings depicted stylized, over-muscled masculine bodies dressed in leather.
“Touko Laaksonen lived in a time when the laws and norms of the society tried to deny him the right to be himself. His story is an indication how a man can change the world with only the artists’ tools as ammunition,” Karukoski has said.
“It’s impossible to overstate the impact Tom’s work has had on the image and self-image of gay men all over the world. He created the archetypes that now form an integral part of the iconography of popular culture, both gay and straight,” Aleksi Bardy, producer and partner at Helsinki-filmi, told Variety when announcing the project.
Currently in the final days of editing, “Tom of Finland” will be theatrically released in February 2017.
“Tom of Finland” is being sold internationally by Protagonist, which is now shopping it at Toronto. Helsinki Filmi, the Finnish outfit owned by Annika Sucksdorff, its CEO, Bardy, Miia Haavisto and Karukoski, produced the movie and had access to archives and images of the artist.
Here is the teaser:
Check out the full poster below: