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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Tom of Finland

2017, Dome Karukoski, Finland/Sweden, 115 min. With Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen.

Show Times

  • 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
Chicago premiere! Dome Karukoski via Skype!

"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

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)

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.

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