“A story of a homosexual James Bond”
That’s how how screenwriter, Aleksi Bardy, describes his new Tom of Finland film. I’m intrigued. Director Dome Karukoski says,
“This man, doing his art in a time like that, is about courage. It’s about freedom of having your fantasies and creating your utopia.
It’s about joy.”
You won’t garner too much info about the plot of movie from this teaser trailer, just some flashes of images — and, surprisingly, very little leather and fetish gear. The still above is from a scene in the movie not in this trailer. Here’s the story,
“Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of the homosexual and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free on inhabitations. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.”
The movie comes out in February 2017.