“They have to shoot me. Otherwise the whole world will find out what they have done to me.” And so they did. Martta Koskinen was executed in the midst of the Continuation War, at the 28th of September in 1943. She was the last woman in Finland to be executed. But who was she really, and why was she executed? Ville Suhonen’s gentle document explores Martta’s fate with inventive combination of archive materials and re-enacted scenes.

The answers aren’t easily found. The detective central police (the predecessor of the current Finnish Security Intelligence Service) already had more important prisoners, but prisoners such as the politicians Hertta Kuusinen and Hella Wuolijoki were released, while Martta was quickly silenced. Martta took her secrets to her grave. Martta, who loved classical music, and who, in addition to her active correspondence, also wrote romantic stories.

Suhonen’s ruthless documentary reveals the tensions that were tearing Finland apart between the decades following the independence in 1917 and the end of the Continuation War in 1944. People were hysterical about the Communist threat and saw infiltrators everywhere – much like the people of today see terrorists around every corner. At the time all of the prisoners didn’t survive the police interrogations. These dreadful events are all part of Finland’s shocking, but not-so-distant-past.

Sanni Myllyaho / Translation: Tuomo Karvonen

Language: Finnish
Subtitles: English


  • Name in Original Language: Ompelijatar
  • Director: Ville Suhonen
  • Country: Suomi
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 93­ min
  • Age limit: K12
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Pekka Uotila
  • Editing: Tuuli Kuittinen
  • Audio: Pietari Koskinen
  • Production: Pertti Veijalainen/Illume Oy, Venla Hellstedt, Merja Ritola


  • Kinopalatsi 7: Monday 25.1. klo 21:15