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On the ‘Road’ with sales

Hellman pic taps deals on the Lido

“Road to Nowhere” is going somewhere.

In the run-up to its Venice competition screening, Canada’s Entertainment One Intl. has licensed Monte Hellman’s “Road” to Capricci Films for France.

It has also pre-sold to United King, an Israeli indie distributor whose pickups range from Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives” to “The Expendables.”

eOne Intl. exec VP Charlotte Mickie told Variety that “Nowhere” was drawing interest in Germany, where Hellman has a vaunted reputation, Australia and Spain.

Hellman (“Two-Lane Blacktop,” “Cockfighter”) directed 2006’s “Stanley’s Girlfriend,” a section of omnibus movie “Trapped Ashes.”

The Capricci and United King deals initiate sales on his first feature since 1989’s “Better Watch Out.”

A Nantes-based film producer-distributor and book publisher, Capricci will also publish a biography of Hellman.

Screening Friday, “Nowhere”‘ is a romantic thriller, toplining Shannyn Sossamon and Dominique Swain, about a young cineaste who becomes embroiled in a criminal scheme while shooting a movie on location.

“Road” is written by Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos, who co-wrote Hellman’s 1988 “Iguana” and “Better Watch Out.” It is produced by Gaydos, Melissa Hellman and Jonathan Dana.

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