The life behind the legend is the subject of this biopic of artist Touko Laaksonen (Strang), who became world famous under the pseudonym Tom of Finland for his erotic drawings of hunky leather-clad men, influencing the direction of gay culture in the process. Director Karukoski doesn’t stint on provocative glimpses of Touko’s art, as the former army lieutenant endures waves of Fifties and Sixties oppression that keep homosexuality illegal in Europe, even as he maintains a furtive nocturnal life cruising in parks and committing his muscular, mightily endowed fantasies to paper. The work of Tom of Finland reaches an apex in hedonistic Los Angeles, where Touko’s acclaim by “his people” coincides with the challenge of the AIDS epidemic. Finland’s official submission for 2018 Oscar consideration. In Finnish, German, and English with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
Tom of Finland
2017, Dome Karukoski, Finland/Sweden, 115 min. With Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen.
- Fri, Jan 5th 6:00pm
- Sat, Jan 6th 3:00pm
- Sat, Jan 6th 8:00pm
- Sun, Jan 7th 5:00pm
- Mon, Jan 8th 8:00pm
- Tue, Jan 9th 6:00pm
- Wed, Jan 10th 8:00pm
- Thu, Jan 11th 6:00pm
- Fri, Jan 12th 7:45pm
- Sat, Jan 13th 8:00pm
- Sun, Jan 14th 4:45pm
- Mon, Jan 15th 7:45pm
- Tue, Jan 16th 7:45pm
- Wed, Jan 17th 7:45pm
- Thu, Jan 18th 6:00pm
"One of the 10 best films of 2017...I hope it wins [the Oscar]." — John Waters
“Immersive…entertainingly recounts an intriguing and vital chapter of 20th-century gay history with style and deference.” — Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
On Sunday, January 7, director Dome Karukoski will be present via Skype for audience discussion, joined by Leather Archives & Museum executive director Gary Wasdin and Windy City Times publisher and executive editor Tracy Baim in person.
The Thursday, January 11 screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Richard Knight Jr., filmmaker, film programmer, and former film critic.
All The Queen's Horses
2017, Kelly Richmond Pope, USA, 71 min.
The 8 PM screening on Friday 11/10 is now SOLD OUT!
Home-grown front-page scandal is dissected in this Kartemquin-produced documentary detailing how the placid farm town of Dixon, Illinois, claiming fame as the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan, became notorious for the largest case of municipal fraud in U.S. history, thanks to city comptroller Rita Crundwell, a flamboyant, high-living champion horse breeder, who sucked the town dry to the tune of $54 million. Neighboring communities thrived over two decades while Dixon tightened its belt in poverty, and most envied the seemingly wealthy blonde who built a vast equine empire in their midst as she held down a city job. From the accidental discovery of the scam by a frightened whistleblower to an inside look at how Crundwell cooked the books and the details of the auctions of high-priced horses and luxury possessions through which Dixon attempted to recoup some of the cash, this chronicle tells all. DCP digital. (BS)
Friday, November 10 at 8 PM: Director Kelly Richmond Pope is scheduled to appear for audience discussion, joined by Gordon Quinn, Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films; Jason Wojdylo of the U.S. Marshal Service; and Todd Carrol, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge, FBI Chicago Office. The discussion will be moderated by Marissa Bailey, co-anchor of the CBS 2 Chicago weekday morning and midday newscasts. The audience is invited to a reception sponsored by Kartemquin Films following the show.
November 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, and 22: Director Kelly Richmond Pope is scheduled to appear for audience discussion. The Wednesday, November 15 screening is a Movie Club event.