Tom of Finland has been making the film festival rounds all year, and now the biopic of Touko Laaksonen is finally hitting theaters on October 13.
In a new clip from the movie, Doug (Seumas F. Sargent) and Jack (Jakob Oftebro) are cruising each other as they work up a sweat at the gym. When the two end up in the locker room at the same time, they realize they both have a Tom of Finland drawing hanging in their locker.
After bonding over their love for leather, the two men hitchhike down to L.A. and end up playing a larger role in Laaksonen’s life when he visits California to meet his growing U.S. fan base.
Finland’s Oscars selection committee announced last month that they have selected Tom of Finland to represent the country for this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
The committee—which is made up of local film professionals—said that the biopic is a “beautiful portrait of one of the most internationally famous Finns” and they commended Pekka Strang, who plays the artist, for his “interpretation of Touko Laaksonen’s unique life.”
The Finnish Film Foundation also added that “the film is a wonderfully designed and shot period piece.”
Laaksonen’s drawings of hyper-sexualized macho men have been a favorite of gay men for decades and are now being appreciated by legitimate culture and arti critics. It turns out his life was just as fascinating as his artwork.
Tom of Finland will be released in New York on October 13 and in L.A. and San Francisco on October 20.
Watch the new clip from the movie below.