Helsinki Filmi has just unveiled the first teaser trailer for Dome Karukoski’s highly-anticipated “Tom of Finland,” a biopic about groundbreaking Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen which stars Pekka Strang.
Best known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland, Laaksonen is best known for his stylized homoerotic fetish art and his influence on late twentieth century gay culture. He has been called the “most influential creator of gay pornographic images” by cultural historian Joseph W. Slade.
When faced with oppression and homophobia during his youth, he found escapism through his art.
“Touko Laaksonen lived in a time when the laws and norms of the society tried to deny him the right to be himself. His story is an indication how a man can change the world with only the artists’ tools as ammunition,” Karukoski has said.
“It’s impossible to overstate the impact Tom’s work has had on the image and self-image of gay men all over the world. He created the archetypes that now form an integral part of the iconography of popular culture, both gay and straight,” Aleksi Bardy, producer and partner at Helsinki-filmi, told Variety.
“Tom of Finland” will be theatrically released in February 2017.