The delightful and insightful biopic Tom of Finland has been selected as Finland’s entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Tom of Finland tells the story of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen – better known as Tom of Finland – who became one of the 20th century’s most iconic figures of gay culture.

Tom of Finland is directed by Dome Karukoski, whose previous film The Home of the Dark Butterflies was Finland’s submission for the Academy Awards back in 2008. The film just had a theatrical release in the United Kingdom and is still travelling international film festivals.

The Oscar race is tightening, with Thelma selected as Norway’s entry, The Square selected as Sweden’s entry, and Denmark still deciding over their shortlist.

Watch a teaser for Tom of Finland below.

Read our interview with Dome Karukoski here. 

 

 

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