Dome Karukoski is one of Scandinavia’s most acclaimed directors. His latest film is TOLKIEN - a biopic of the renowned author J.R.R.Tolkien produced by Chernin Entertainment and Kris Thykier from Archery Pictures for Fox Searchlight.
Karukoski’s films have received 38 nominations in the Finnish Film Awards and he himself has been nominated six times and awarded the prize for best director twice. He is the only Finnish director ever to win all the main Finnish national awards (Best Film, Best TV-show and Best Commercial).
His first film was a love story called BEAUTY AND THE BASTARD (Berlinale 2006), which was awarded the Norwegian Film award Amanda for the Best Nordic Debut of the year. Of his later films HOME OF THE DARK BUTTERFLIES and TOM OF FINLAND were chosen as the Finnish candidate for the Academy Awards. Other films that have garnered international attention include THE GRUMP (TIFF 2014), HEART OF A LION (TIFF 2013) and LAPLAND ODYSSEY (TIFF 2010). In 2013 he was selected as one of Variety’s 10 Directors To Watch.
Karukoski was born in Cyprus and is the son of Finnish journalist Ritva Karukoski and American actor and poet George Dickerson.