Critics award Tom of Finland with coveted prize
The film about Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen was handed the FIPRESCI award by the International Federation of Film Critics on Saturday.
A week earlier, on 27 January, Tom of Finland was screened as the opening film at the Göteborg Film Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, where the audience gave it a standing ovation for several minutes once the final credits rolled.
“The FIPRESCI award is one of the finest prizes an artist can receive,” notes director Dome Karukoski. “Film critics are traditionally the most difficult audience to win over, particularly with a film such as Tom of Finland, whose shape and soul are that of a mainstream movie. I am enormously flattered.”
Finnish film The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki also won a FIPRESCI prize last year.