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Director: Dome Karukoski

Tom of Finland (2017)

Directed by Dome Karukoski

Starring Jakob Oftebro, Lauri Tilkanen, Pekka Strang, Werner Daehn, Þorsteinn Bachmann

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 the persecution of the homosexual and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free on inhabitations. 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.

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The Home of Dark Butterflies (2008)

Directed by Dome Karukoski

Starring Eero Milonoff, Kati Outinen, Niilo Syväoja, Pertti Sveholm

Juhani, 14 years old and tormented by a childhood trauma, has changed several foster parents from the age of eight. He is taken to an island, where there is a boys' home, run by a strict superintendent, Olavi Harjula. Besides the seven boys that dwell there, there is the superintendent, his wife, his two daughters and a woman for menial help. Juhani is gradually accepted by his peers and strikes a friendship with the eldest daughter. When Harjula is advised that funding will stop for his school due to his harsh methods, he decides to start a silkworm project for self-funding. All the boys agree to stay and help him, apart from Juhani, who expects to go back to his family that wants him back.

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The Grump (2014)

Directed by Dome Karukoski

Starring Antti Litja, Ilkka Forss, Mari Perankoski, Petra Frey

The Grump is a man from the past. A man who knows that everything used to be so much better in the old days. Pretty much everything that's been done after 1953 has always managed to ruin The Grump's day. Our story unfolds as The Grump takes a fall from his basement steps, hurting his ankle. He has to spend a weekend in Helsinki to attend physiotherapy. The Grump doesn't like this for four reasons: 1) He has to take a taxi. 2) He can't take daily care of his wife, an Alzheimer's patient. 3) He can't drive, which means he might have to sit in a car with a female driver. 4) He has to spend time with his family. The daughter-in-law is a career woman, not keen to spend time with The Grump when he comes to the city. Her boss has given her the task to look after Russian businessmen supposed to close a major deal over the weekend. It doesn't make her any happier when The Grump decides to help with the deal. Then The Grump has to face his useless son to become the father he never was, teaching his son how to take care of his loved ones. A thing The Grump has never been able to do. And somebody's day will be ruined.

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Poster for the movie "Lapland Odyssey"

Lapland Odyssey (2010)

Directed by Dome Karukoski

Starring Asko Sahlman, Erkki Hetta, Jasper Pääkkönen, Jussi Vatanen, Kari Ketonen, Konsta Mäkelä, Miia Nuutila, Moa Gammel, Pamela Tola, Rinna Paatso, Sinikka Mokkila, Timo Lavikainen

A comedy about Janne, a man from Lapland in Northern Finland, a man who has made a career out of living on welfare. Inari, his girlfriend, is tired of Janne's incapability of getting a grip on life. Janne wasn't even able to buy a digital TV box that Inari had given money for. Inari gives an ultimatum: a digital box needs to arrive by dawn or she leaves. Janne sets out into the night with his two friends to find a box. On their way to the city of Rovaniemi, Janne and his friends face many challenges, obstacles and temptations. They learn that they need to be daring. There's no room to give into bitterness. The most important thing isn't success, but rather the journey in itself.

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Heart of a Lion (2013)

Directed by Dome Karukoski

Starring Deogracias Masomi, Jani Toivola, Jasper Pääkkönen, Jussi Vatanen, Laura Birn, Laura Munsterhjelm, Mikko Neuvonen, Pamela Tola, Peter Franzén, Timo Lavikainen

Neo-Nazi falls in love with a woman who has a black son and finds himself fighting with conflicting feelings.

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Poster for the movie "Forbidden Fruit"

Forbidden Fruit (2009)

Directed by Dome Karukoski

Starring Amanda Pilke, Jani Volanen, Jarkko Niemi, Joel Mäkinen, Malla Malmivaara, Marjut Maristo, Olavi Uusivirta, Timo Tikka

Two teen girls from a very restrictive Conservative Laestadian faith community, go alone to Helsinki for the first time.

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