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Tom of Finland2017. Finland/Denmark/Sweden/Germany. 116 min.
Director: Dome Karukoski Featuring: Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Werner Daehn.
After heroically serving his country in World War II, a decorated officer, Touko Laakonsen, returns home to Finland. Laakonsen finds that peacetime is overshadowed by the distressing oppression occurring against homosexuals in post-war Helsinki. As men are pressured to marry and start families in fear of homophobic persecution, Laakonsen seeks solace in his drawings of carefree homoerotic dalliance. In response to his subversive artistry, Laakonsen is praised as an early gay rights activist and his signature piece ‘Tom of Finland’ is recognized as an emblem for human rights liberation. Introduction by Matthew McLendon (UVA)
Supported by Cville Pride