Sweden, Germany, Denmark


Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

Director's Statement

I wanted a film with strong emotions, strong characters an a controversial and intriguing story. This is my trademark already and this book by Stieg Larsson had it all. It was a very intriguing book, but I did not see it as a thriller. I saw it more as a mystery drama with strong and special characters, who develop throughout the story. I really connected with this material, Lisbeth being a dark rebel and Blomqvist a leftist watchdog.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Niels Arden Oplev

Written by: Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg

Produced by: Sören Staermose

Cinematography: Eric Kress

Original Score: Jacob Groth

Main Cast: Noomi Rapace (Lisbeth Salander), Michael Nyqvist (Michael Blomqvist), Sven Bertil Taube (Henrik Vanger), Peter Andersson (Niels Bjurman), Peter Faber (Martin Vanger)

Nominations and Awards

  • People's Choice Award 2009
  • European Actress 2009
  • European Composer 2009
  • Feature Film Selection 2009