Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played with Fire


TIFF Lightbox 1 Wed, May 1, 2019 9:15 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Thu, May 2, 2019 10:30 AM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, May 5, 2019 1:45 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Sweden
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Journalism & The Media
Race & Racism
Writers & Books
Northern Europe
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Henrik Georgsson
Producer(s):Mattias Nohrborg
Fredrik Heinig
Editor(s):Kalle Lindberg
Writer(s):Henrik Georgsson
Olof Berglind
Cinematography:Anders Bohman
Sven Lindahl Lindahl
Composer:Andreas Mattsson


Stieg Larsson is a household name thanks to his bestselling trilogy of crime novels that introduced The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to the world. But he should be better known for his dedication to monitoring neo-Nazism in Sweden. Friends and colleagues commemorate the man who worked himself to death and never realized his success. A love letter to research and the search for truth, Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played With Fire is the story of journalist as superhero. Larsson's work is dramatized using re-enactments and film noir detective tropes that make the investigative writing process exciting. History doesn't repeat itself in a vacuum, and patterns can be predicted if you're paying attention, which Larsson always was. A defender of democracy to the end, Larsson was always looking for an audience to keep his message alive: Fascism is never conquered, it just lies dormant until it can rise again. Angie Driscoll

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Additional Information

  • NOW - 10 Must-See Hot Docs 2019 Films
  • NOW - 4 Stars, "Absorbing."
  • Variety - "Engrossing portrait."