French sales agent CelluloidDreams has kicked off sales on Berlin Competition entry The Elementary Particles, with Lucky Red picking up the Oskar Roehler-directed title forItaly, ABC/Cinemien taking Benelux, Ekaterinburg Art weighting in for Russia and HollywoodClassics coming on board for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Based on Michael Houellebecq's worldwide bestseller Les Particules Elemetaires,the film was produced by Downfall's Bernd Eichingerand Oliver Berben and stars Christian Ulmen and Moritz Bleubtrean ashalf-brothers with markedly separate attitudes to their sexuality who both fall in love for the first time.

The Elementary Particlesis set for a German release on February 23, after the Berlinalewraps on February 19.