First-Look Clip: Shannyn Sossamon is the One in Monte Hellman's Road to Nowhere

Let's all give a hearty welcome back to Monte Hellman, the celebrated auteur who gave us the legendary Two-Lane Blacktop -- among other delights and curios of the '60s, '70s and '80s -- before taking a two-decade hiatus from feature filmmaking. The hiatus ends one week from today with Road to Nowhere, which first launches in New York on June 10 before rolling out to Los Angeles and other select markets in the ensuing weeks. Who's up for a first-look clip?

But first, who's up for a plot synopsis?

There's a murky tenuous balance between reality and fiction; particularly when it involves a beautiful young woman, murder, a powerful politico, a missing fortune and suicide.

A passionate filmmaker, creating a film based upon a true crime, casts an unknown mysterious young woman bearing a disturbing resemblance to the femme fatale in the story. He finds himself unsuspectingly drawn into a complex web of haunting intrigue, obsessed with the woman, the crime, her possibly notorious past and the disturbing complexity between art and truth.

From the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to Verona, Rome and London, new truths are revealed and clues to other crimes and passions, darker and even more complex are uncovered.

Ooohh. Your cast includes Shannyn Sossamon as the young woman, Cliff De Young as the powerful politico, and Waylon Payne as the passionate filmmaker -- all of whom make an appearance in the extended clip below. Hellman is clearly going for some mundane with his mystery (Sossamon's lip-flapping rolls from ludicrous to transfixing to disturbing; your mileage may vary), re-establishing himself after 22 years off as a filmmaker who hasn't run out of surprises. Check out the rest as Road to Nowhere travels to your neck of the woods in the weeks ahead.



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