Sense of anticipation


Stieg Larsson's Millennium novels have sold ten million copies around the globe. No wonder the world premiere of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is met with much anticipation. Although a Swedish production, quite a few key figures in the crew are Danish.

Danish director Niels Arden Oplev's account of Stieg Larsson's unlikely duo, wild-child computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and truth-seeking journalist Mikael Blomkvist, has film critics agreeing on one thing: Oplev has managed to construct an efficient, well-composed crime story while at the same time remaining true to the spirit of Larsson's book.

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is an adaptation of volume one in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy and produced by the Swedish production company Yellow Bird. One of Niels Arden Oplev's conditions for taking on the role as director was to be allowed to choose the kew figures in the crew.

The result is a handful of names who have made their reputation in Danish films from recent years: screenwriters Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg, cinematographer Eric Kress, production designer Niels Sejer – along with composer Jacob Groth and editor Anne Østerud, collaborators from Oplev's previous feature "Worlds Apart".

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" opens in Denmark and Sweden on 27 February. At present, the film is sold in Scandinavia, France, Italy and Benelux.

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