Svensk Filmindustri (SF) has notched up a raft of sales for Saraband, a TV drama from legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman that has now become a hot theatrical property.

The film was sold to Metro-Tartan for the UK, where the distributor recently re-released and has done good business with the previously unseen director's cut of Persona.

Other territories sold during Berlin include Art Films for Brazil, Rosebud for Greece and Cine 3 for Argentina. There is also strong US interest in the picture and SF's sales chief Ann Kristin Westerberg says she is holding four firm offers from France.

Strongly tipped for a slot at the forthcoming Cannes festival the film is a long-delayed sequel to Bergman's classic 1973 drama Scenes From A Marriage.

Bergman has reunited Liv Ullman, Erland Josephson Borje Ahlstedt and Julia Dufvenius.

The new picture is being made as a TV movie, but is likely to be seen on theatrical release in many territories. SF reports that consideration is now being given to a theatrical release in Bergman's native Sweden.