The local release of the new Finnish movie Tom of Finland has proven to be a difficult sell in Finland, YLE reports.

Anna Sucksdorff, the CEO of production company Helsinki Film, stated that they weren’t expecting large box office figures, but due to the low admissions the film is facing difficulty paying back the film’s investors. The reason that the Finns have been unwilling to accept the film is due to the audiences being too conservative, Sucksdorff states.

So far the film has had a festival run in several countries, including its global premiere at the Göteborg Film Festival in Sweden, the Tribeca Film Festival in the United States, the Edinburg Film Festival in the United Kingdom, the Munich International Film Festival in Germany and the Scandinavian Film Festival in Australia.

Sucksdorff believes the international distribution will give the film a much-needed boost.

The film has recently been released in French cinemas, where it so far has 16,000 ticket sales. From tomorrow (the 11th of August) the film will be released in cinemas in the United Kingdom. In the UK the film has been given an 18-years-and-up rating, which could hurt ticket sales as younger teens make up such a large part of the movie theatre audiences.

Tom of Finland is directed by Dome Karukoski – who was recently pegged as director of an upcoming biopic based on the early life of writer J.R.R. Tolkien.

Karukoski will head to the United Kingdom to help give the film a boost.

You can browse the Tom of Finland website here. 

Info: YLE

 

 

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Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is know based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.