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Monday, May 14, 2018 7:00 PM
Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of artist Touko Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland), one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture. Presented in partnership with Iowa City Pride!
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General Admission Adult Evening - $9.00
General Admission Seniors (60+) - $6.50
General Admission UI Student (with valid ID) - $6.50
General Admission Children (12 and younger) - $6.50

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Presented in partnership with Iowa City Pride!

“In the end, the overarching theme of Tom of Finland is the power of art, even - or maybe especially - so-called deviant artworks."
- Kristen Page-Kirby, Washington Post

“One of the 10 best films of 2017.”filmmaker John Waters

"Immersive...entertainingly recounts an intrguing and vital chapter of 20th-century gay history with style and deference."
- Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

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 post-war Helsinki rampant with homophobic persecution, and gay men around him are being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art: homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions.