Magazine article Screen International

Kino Lorber Picks Up 'Tom of Finland'

Magazine article Screen International

Kino Lorber Picks Up 'Tom of Finland'

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Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to Tom Of Finland, Dome Karukoski's biopic about the life and work of Finnish artist and gay icon Touko Laaksonen. Laaksonen was a pioneer in postwar erotic art whose work inspired the early days of the gay liberation movement and became a symbol for generations of LGBTQ people worldwide.

Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Taisto Oksanen, Seumas Sargent, Jakob Oftebro and Niklas Hogner star in the Helsinki Film production.

The film's screenwriter Aleksi Bardy produced alongside Miia Haavisto and Annika Sucksdorffof Helsinki Film.

Gunnar Carlsson of Anagram Väst in Sweden, Miriam Nørgaard of Fridthjof Film in Denmark, and Ingvar Thordarson and Sophie Mahlo of Neutrinos Productions Germany were co-producers, in collaboration with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor of Film and Music Entertainment UK.

Tom Of Finland premiered at the Goteborg Film Festival in February and went on to gross $1m in Finland. It will receive its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film festival.

Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber negotiated the deal with Potagonist Pictures head of worldwide sales Vanessa Saal.

* Gravitas Ventures has acquired US theatrical, digital, and video rights from Content Media Corporation to Tribeca selection Elián, based on the true story of the custody battle for five-year-old Cuban boy Elián González that became an international affair. …

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