Magazine article Screen International

Tom of Finland Gets Biopic

Magazine article Screen International

Tom of Finland Gets Biopic

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EXCLUSIVE: Dome Karukoski, here in Toronto with Heart of a Lion, is now set to direct his first English-language film, a biopic of groundbreaking artist Tom of Finland.

This will be the only authorized biopic of the artist as cleared by the Tom of Finland Foundation.

Tom of Finland was famous for his groundbreaking sexually explicit drawings of muscular men; his work is in collections at MoMA and LACMA.

Producers Helsinki-filmi have secured exclusive rights to the entire archives and all images from the artist. "We are working quite closely with the Foundation," producer Aleksi Bardy told Screen. "It was very important for them that we wanted to respect the copyrights for his work. He has been pirated so much over the years."

"I think it's a story of liberation, it's a very universal story," Bardy added.

Casting of an international actor will be announced in early 2014 and the film will start shooting in December 2014. …

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