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Toronto: Dome Karukoski to Direct Tom of Finland Biopic

Influential gay artist inspired everyone from Tom Ford to Freddy Mercury

Dome Karukoski will direct an authorized biopic about influential gay artist Tom of Finland, Helsinki-filmi said Monday from the Toronto International Film Festival.

It marks the first time the Tom of Finland Foundation has approved a film about the artist, whose pornographic images of gay men emphasized a more masculine and physically imposing image of homosexuality than had previously been seen in many depictions.

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His fetishistic scenes of sexuality inspired top designers and artists such as Tom Ford, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber, Freddie Mercury and the Village People.

It Karukoski’s first English-language feature. The Finnish filmmaker is currently at Toronto screening his latest picture, “Heart of a Lion.”

Casting on the biopic is expected to be announced in 2014.