Danish film Strings, which is already being tipped as a contender for Official Selection at Cannes, has tied together a number of key pre-sales.

The film, a dark fantasy adventure told with string puppets, was sold by Trust Film Sales to Ascot Elite for Switzerland, Russian Report for Russia, Haut Et Court for France, AG Market for ex-Yugoslavia and A-Film for Benelux. Trust is also in final contractual negotiations to close Germany.

Strings features a city under martial law and the son of the emperor on a quest to avenge his father's death and is directed by Anders Ronnow-Klarlund, winner of the European Fantasy Film Award for his previous Possessed.

It was produced by Niels Bald on a budget of Euros 4m and will be screened here Friday as a 35mm promo.