37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Tom of Finland

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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


Sunday, November 12


2:30 PM


UVA : Newcomb Hall Theater

Film Info

Director: Dome Karukoski

Runtime: 116 min.

Year: 2017

Country: Finland/Denmark/Sweden/Germany

Featuring: Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Werner Daehn.