"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, one of Denmark's most successful directors in recent years, and produced by the Danish producer Søren Stærmose for Swedish Yellowbird. The screenplay is written by two other Danes, Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg.
The film is based on the first of three bestselling novels by Swedish Stieg Larsson about the journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander's investigation into a number of grotesque murders.
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" recently won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The film was the most popular in both Danish and Swedish cinemas in 2009 with almost one million tickets sold in Denmark and 1.2 million in Sweden.