Tom of Finland to open the Göteborg Film Festival

The upcoming Finnish film Tom of Finland, which follows the story of gay icon Tom of Finland, will have its word premiere at the 2017 Göteborg Film Festival.

The opening will take place at cinema Draken in Göteborg on the 27th of January, but the opening film will be shown at a total of 40 locations throughout the region in honour of the festival’s 40th anniversary.

“We are very proud of being able to screen Tom of Finland as the opening film. It’s a beautiful, intelligent and deeply moving portrayal of a fascinating life and a unique artistry. Tom of Finland is an artistically powerful film possessing great power to attract international attention, which makes it the perfect opening film for the Göteborg Film Festival,” the festival’s artistic director Jonas Holmberg says.

The gay icon Tom of Finland is today a renowned artist whose work is exhibited at fine galleries. His homoerotic dream-world, in which sexual attributes are always enormous and muscles strapping, has even been used on Finnish stamps. But when Touko Laaksonen began drawing, homosexuality was illegal in Finland, and the film says that it would have been easier to get published in the Vatican. The director Dome Karukoski portrays the illustrator’s path from life as a soldier during the Second World War, through violence and persecution in Helsinki to liberation in liberal California.

Attending the opening at cinema Draken on January 27 will be Dome Karukoski (director), Pekka Strang (actor), Lauri Tilkanen (actor), Aleksi Bardy (producer), Miia Haavisto (producer) and Annika Sucksdorff (producer).

You can read our interview with Dome Karukoski in the new issue of Cinema Scandinavia.

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Emma Vestrheim

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.