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Colm Meaney Cast In Fox Searchlight’s ‘Tolkien’

12 October 2017 10:48 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Irish actor Colm Meaney has been cast in the role of Father Francis in the Fox Searchlight film Tolkien. He joins Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins in the film that was written by David Gleeson and is being directed by Tom of Finland‘s Dome KarukoskiChernin Entertainment will produce alongside Kris Thykier. Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a fellow group of… »

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‘Tom of Finland’ Review: Legendary Gay Erotic Artist Gets Sanitized Biopic

11 October 2017 11:24 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A man named Touko Laaksonen gained notoriety in the gay community under the name Tom of Finland for his erotic artwork, which featured butch muscle men in the tightest possible pants engaging each other with their exuberantly large members. His drawings are knowingly exaggerated and uncomplicatedly celebratory of images of male power like cops and bikers. Director Dome Karukoski’s disappointingly tame biopic “Tom of Finland” positions Tom (Pekka Strang) as an unlikely gay pioneer who fights on the Finnish side against the Russians in World War II and finds time to cruise for men in between missions. (Karukoski even cross-cuts. »

- Dan Callahan

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Tom of Finland Movie Review

9 October 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Tom Of Finland Kino Lorber Director: Dome Karukoski Written by: Aleksi Bardy based on a story by Aleksi Bardy and Dome Karukoski Cast: Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Taisto Oksanen, Seumas Sargent, Niklas Hogner, Jakob Oftebro, Kari Hietalahti Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 10/7/17 Opens: October 13, 2017 Given that Norway and Denmark were […]

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- Harvey Karten

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Oscars: Record 92 Countries Submit for Foreign-Language Race

5 October 2017 10:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday that 92 countries have submitted films for consideration in this year’s foreign-language Oscar race. The number marks a new milestone and record for the category.

Among the first-time entrants are Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal, and Syria.

Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” won the prize at February’s Oscars ceremony. The director refused to attend the ceremony in protest to Donald Trump’s travel ban on a number of predominantly-Muslim countries. In his stead, Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari accepted the honor.

High-profile contenders in this year’s race include Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” from Cambodia, Michael Haneke’s “Happy End” from Austria, Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” from Chile, Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” from France, Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot” from Israel, Joachim Trier’s “Thelma” from Norway, and »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders

5 October 2017 10:03 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The final deadline for submitting each country’s film for consideration for the foreign-language Oscar was October 2. Last year 85 were finally deemed eligible by the Academy; this year the number is a record 92. Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time entrants. These films are vying for the initial shortlist of 9, and final five nominations to be announced on January 23. See the final list below.

Read More:Oscar Announces Changes for Foreign-Film Voting: Now Simpler! (Sort Of.)

The frontrunners include Sweden selected Ruben Östlund’s hilarious Palme d’Or-winner “The Square” (October 27, Magnolia Pictures), an art-world satire shot in majority Swedish with some English from stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West, thus giving Östlund another shot after “Force Majeure” was a surprise 2015 Oscar omission.

Germany’s choice, Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade” (December 27, Magnolia Pictures), won Best Actress for Diane Kruger at Cannes. »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders

5 October 2017 10:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The final deadline for submitting each country’s film for consideration for the foreign-language Oscar was October 2. Last year 85 were finally deemed eligible by the Academy; this year the number is a record 92. Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time entrants. These films are vying for the initial shortlist of 9, and final five nominations to be announced on January 23. See the final list below.

Read More:Oscar Announces Changes for Foreign-Film Voting: Now Simpler! (Sort Of.)

The frontrunners include Sweden selected Ruben Östlund’s hilarious Palme d’Or-winner “The Square” (October 27, Magnolia Pictures), an art-world satire shot in majority Swedish with some English from stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West, thus giving Östlund another shot after “Force Majeure” was a surprise 2015 Oscar omission.

Germany’s choice, Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade” (December 27, Magnolia Pictures), won Best Actress for Diane Kruger at Cannes. »

- Anne Thompson

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Busan: European Industry, Talent Delegations Head for Korean Festival

20 September 2017 12:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Europe’s film makers and businesses will make their presence felt at next month’s Busan International Film Festival. Some 34 film sales firms will take up position in Busan’s Asian Film Market, and 15 actors and directors are expected to make presentations.

Both delegations are part of the Europe! Goes Busan initiative which is backed by the European Union’s Creative Europe – Media Program, and organized by European Film promotion. It is the 20th time in the festival’s 22-year history that the European delegations have traveled to South Korea’s second city, and suggests continuing confidence in the effectiveness of Busan, despite the festival’s past three years of turmoil.

Belgium’s Olivier Meys will be joined by his producer Valerie Bournonville for the presentation of his feature film debut “Bitter Flowers,” about an aspiring Chinese woman who is hoping for a better life in Paris. Switzerland’s Dominik Locher and his producer Rajko Jazbec who »

- Patrick Frater

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Female Filmmakers Out in Force at 6th Finnish Film Affair

15 September 2017 9:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Female filmmakers will be out in force with a record number of completed films and projects at the 6th Finnish Film Affair, an increasingly popular film showcase set in Helsinki.

As many as 22 women-directed pics will be presented at the Finnish Film Affair this year. Among the filmmakers is Selma Vilhunen, who earned an Oscar nomination in 2014 with her short “Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?” and will be on hand to pitch her second film, “Stupid Young Heart,” as well as present her documentary feature “Hobbyhorse Revolution.” Another promising female director, Kaisa El Ramly, will pitch “Scenes from a Dying Town,” one of the projects to be presented in the Work-in-Progress sidebar.

Other anticipated Work-in-Progress titles include Jakub Wrónski and Ira Karpelan’s animated film “Moomins and the Winter Wonderland,” featuring the voices of Alicia Vikander and Stellan Skarsgard, and Arto Halonen’s “Guardian Angel,” with Danish superstar Pilou Asbaek attached to star.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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‘Tom Of Finland’ Trailer Bows From Filmmaker Dome Karukoski

13 September 2017 10:25 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Dome Karukoski’s critically acclaimed Tom of Finland, the film which has already been selected as Finland’s official submission to this year’s Academy Awards to be considered for Best Foreign Film, has just dropped its trailer. The director, who has been highly sought after since Tom of Finland bowed, is currently signed on for Tolkien for Chernin Entertainment and Fox Searchlight. Tom of Finland will release in Oct. in select cities (see below) from Kino Lorber. Tom of Fi… »

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Learn the Story of Touko Laaksonen in Trailer for 'Tom of Finland' Film

13 September 2017 5:26 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Conquer America for me." Kino Lorber has debuted an official trailer for the Finnish indie drama Tom of Finland, a fictional feature film profile of the Finnish man who became known as "Tom of Finland". After returning home from WWII, Touko Laaksonen fled to America to escape homosexual persecution. There he established himself as one of the most influential and celebrated figures of 20th century gay culture. "Tom of Finland" drew erotic art of gay men, most often wearing leather outfits, which became a symbol of gay culture at the time. Pekka Strang plays "Tom of Finland", with a cast including Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Werner Daehn, and Kari Hietalahti. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, and played at numerous other film festivals. It looks like it has a strong lead performance at least. Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Dome Karukoski's Tom of Finland, »

- Alex Billington

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International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry

5 September 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s International Newswire, Dome Karukoski’s biopic ‘Tom of Finland’ reps Finland in the Oscar race, former ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Russell T. Davies is honored, and Alexandre Henin takes a senior kid’s content role at Federation.

Finland has selected Dome Karukoski’s “Tom of Finland,” a biopic of artist Touko Laaksanon, as its candidate for the best foreign-language film Oscar. Next up, Karukoski is helming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic “Tolkien,” starring Lily Collins and Nicholas Hoult, for Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment.

Tom of Finland” chronicles the life of Laaksanon, who, as Tom of Finland, created homoerotic art that had a major influence on 20th-century gay culture. The film follows the artist, played by Pekka Strang, from postwar Finland to Los Angeles, where his work becomes widely popular and fans the flames of the gay rights movement.

The film, which opened the Gothenburg Film Festival in January, was written by Aleksi Bardy, who »

- Ed Meza

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International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry

5 September 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s International Newswire, Dome Karukoski’s biopic ‘Tom of Finland’ reps Finland in the Oscar race, former ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Russell T. Davies is honored, and Alexandre Henin takes a senior kid’s content role at Federation.

Finland has selected Dome Karukoski’s “Tom of Finland,” a biopic of artist Touko Laaksanon, as its candidate for the best foreign-language film Oscar. Next up, Karukoski is helming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic “Tolkien,” starring Lily Collins and Nicholas Hoult, for Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment.

Tom of Finland” chronicles the life of Laaksanon, who, as Tom of Finland, created homoerotic art that had a major influence on 20th-century gay culture. The film follows the artist, played by Pekka Strang, from postwar Finland to Los Angeles, where his work becomes widely popular and fans the flames of the gay rights movement.

The film, which opened the Gothenburg Film Festival in January, was written by Aleksi Bardy, who »

- Ed Meza

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Oscars: Finland Selects 'Tom of Finland' for Foreign-Language Category

4 September 2017 1:31 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Finland has selected Dome Karukoski's Tom of Finland as its candidate for best foreign-language film Oscar consideration.

The story of the life of artist Touko Laaksanon, who created and drew early gay icons under the name Tom of Finland, has already attracted international attention and won a Fipresci prize at Sweden's Gothenburg film festival. It is also shortlisted for the European Film Awards this year.

Finland's Oscars selection committee, which is made up of Finnish film professionals, said Monday that Tom of Finland was a "beautiful portrait of one of the most internationally famous Finns." The »

- Nick Holdsworth

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Haugesund: Joachim Trier’s ‘Thelma’ Takes Norwegian Critics’ Prize

24 August 2017 11:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Haugesund, Norway — Director Joachim Trier’s “Thelma,” which opened the 45th Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund on Aug. 20, won the Norwegian Critics’ Prize, one of the top awards at the event which wrapped on Thursday night with the closing night screening of Finnish director Dome Karukoski’s “Tom of Finland.”

Lionized by Norwegian critics – one announcing “a new triumph for Trier”- the director is now bound for Toronto for the film’s international premiere.

Of further big winners at this year’s Haugesund Festival, Swedish director Jesper GanslandtJimmie” – represented by Swedish producer Hedvig Lundgren –  took the €50,000 ($59,000) Eurimages Lab Project Prize.

First seen at Goteborg, “Young Dreams,” from Sweden’s “Rojda Sekersöz, about a young woman ex-con’s battle to go straight despite peer pressure and a hostile society, took the Fipresci Intl. Federation of Film Critics’ Prize.

“Artistically we could not have had a better start than ‘Thelma,’ but »

- Jorn Rossing Jensen and Annika Pham

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Haugesund Confirms Market Screenings Lineup (Exclusive)

15 August 2017 3:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s “Thelma” and Finnish director Dome Karukoski’s “Tom of Finland” will bookend the 45th Norwegian International Film Festival, which runs Aug. 20-25, which has a string emphasis on the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

“Norwegian and Nordic films is a strong part of the festival’s identity,” explained assistant program director Martin Øsmundset.

“In the Next Nordic Generation sidebar which shows the best graduation movies from the Nordic film schools, we have the opportunity to spot the talents who will determine Nordic cinema in the future,” Østmundset added saying that the New Nordic Films market follows films from idea and pitch to financing and development and plays an important role in the international festival and cinema distribution of Nordic Films.

This year three new initiatives will further focus on Norway and the Nordic countries. For the first time, as a pilot project, Haugesund »

- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Tom of Finland review – glossy biopic of pioneering artist

12 August 2017 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Pekka Strang gives a fine performance as Touko Laaksonen, whose leather-wearing fantasy men were an inspiration for generations to come

The story of Touko Laaksonen, the artist who helped shape the tastes of a generation of gay men, Tom of Finland is almost as handsome and glossy as the drawings of luxuriantly leather-clad fantasy figures with which he made his name. Having served during the second world war with distinction, Laaksonen (a sober, watchful performance from Pekka Strang) returns home to Finland to be reminded that, as a gay man, he is perceived as the enemy.

In a society that considered homosexuality a crime or a deviance, Laaksonen, using the pen name Tom of Finland, imagined an unfettered alternative – a sexuality that filled its figure-hugging trousers with joy and promise, along with other more obvious attributes. While Dome Karukoski’s film-making feels quite cautious next to the balls-out bravery of his subject, »

- Wendy Ide

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Portrait of an artist by Amber Wilkinson

11 August 2017 1:33 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Dome Karukoski: 'When discussing with the hardcore Tom fans, the answer often was: The drawings are my sex, now I want to see the story behind the artist' Photo: Kino Lorber Dome Karukoski: 'I’ve always been an outsider. I relate to that' Photo: Kino Lorber Biopic Tom Of Finland – written by Aleksi Bardi and directed Dome Karukoski, who has recently announced a Jrr Tolkien biopic is his next project – tells the story of the Finnish artist behind the drawings that fuelled much of the gay iconography of the Seventies and Eighties. The film, starring Pekka Strang as the artist, tracks Touko Laaksonen from his experiences in the Second World War to his development of the pen name Tom of Finland – necessary because of his homeland’s draconian anti-gay laws – up to the loss and grief of the AIDS epidemic. We caught up with him via email to chat about the film. »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Tom of Finland review – intriguing biopic of a gay liberation hero

9 August 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Pekka Strang stars as the Finnish wartime artist Touko Laaksonen, whose homoerotic illustrations helped create the iconography of gay culture

Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, known by his nom de plume Tom of Finland, is brought above the radar of cultural history in this well-acted biopic.

In postwar Helsinki, in conditions of the gravest illegality, Laaksonen produced thousands on thousands of homoerotic fetish illustrations, showing bulgingly endowed leather-clad guys having an unapologetic good time. Tom of Finland’s work reached the liberated Us in the 1960s via mail order, and he became a counterculture hero of gay liberation, virtually inventing a whole language of hedonism that influenced Queen, the Village People and the club scene.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Tom of Finland Review

9 August 2017 3:38 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Linda Marric

Once an illegal homoerotica and porn artist, Touko Laaksonen became symbolic of his native Finland when his controversial artwork was awarded the highest accolade an artist could ever dream of receiving. After years of being derided, mocked and persecuted by the authorities for subverting younger men, his now iconic artwork became the first of its type to appear on a national postage stamp. In Tom of Finland, a pseudonym under which Laaksonen became known, acclaimed Finnish director Dome Karukoski tells the story of how a war hero from Helsinki came to symbolise gay liberation in America and around the world, some even crediting him with inventing the concept of “leather bars” and “the Castro clones”, two aesthetics which have become emblematic of Lgbt history.

After fighting in WWII and returning home a decorated war hero, Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang) is still shellshocked by his harrowing experiences serving his country. »

- Linda Marric

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J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic Draws Finnish Director Dome Karukoski

24 July 2017 2:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Finnish director Dome Karukoski will helm a biopic on J.R.R. Tolkien.

Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment have been developing the project since 2013. Tolkien’s epic novels — set in Middle Earth — served as the basis for the film trilogies “The Lord of The Rings” and “The Hobbit.”

The movie’s script by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford focuses on the author as he finds friendship, love, and artistic inspiration among a fellow group of outcasts at school prior to the outbreak of World War I in 1914. He served in the British armed forces from 1916 to 1920, then wrote the two novels while working at Pembroke College. Tolkien died in 1973.

“The Hobbit” was first published in 1937. Tolkien then wrote “The Lord of the Rings” between 1937 and 1949 as what was initially intended to be a sequel, but the story became much larger — and one of the best-selling novels of all time with more than 150 million copies sold.

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- Dave McNary

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