Brief synopsis

Bursting with energy, Sebastian Schipper’s follow-up to the much admired VICTORIA is a ride along the open road with two boys from different worlds, from the shores of Morocco to the camps of Calais.
ROADS follows William (Bak), a young man from the Congo, as he attempts to break through Europe’s borders in search of his brother. By chance he teams up with Gyllen (Whitehead), a wild and sharp-witted British runaway who has fled his family’s Moroccan holiday in his stepfather’s campervan.
Their trip across Europe is an unpredictable and thrilling ride fuelled by the unstoppable momentum, chaos and humour only a pair of teenagers living on the edge can ignite.
In cementing a brotherly bond, Gyllen and William learn that to truly depend on each other is the most important gift of all.



ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
Fionn WhiteheadGyllen [L]
Stéphane BakWilliam [L]
Moritz BleibtreuLuttger [L]
Ben ChaplinPaul [L]
Marie BurchardValerie [SR]
Paul BranniganAlan [SR]


production accountantAntoine Lepetit
production accountantAsmae Elamrani
production accountantLies Schumandl
production accountantElena Vidal
director of photographyMatteo Cocco
eng cameraCarl-Christian SchneiderMaking of / EPK
1st assistant cameraWon-Suk Park
2nd assistant cameraCeline Lardon
DIT digital imaging technicianTyzian MasikQC / RUSHES
still photographerEniac Martinez
casting directorJina Jay
casting directorStéphanie Doncker
casting directorSuse Marquardt
extras/bit player castingClément Morelle
costume designerJürgen Doering
costume supervisorLaure Villemer
wardrobeAnne-Cécile Le Quere
directorSebastian Schipper
1st assistant directorIres Jungin Maroc, Sp, Fr., Vorbereitung, Marocco
1st assistant directorIñaki Beraza
1st assistant directorGregor Stitzl
2nd2nd resp. 3rd ADMehdi Souissi
trainee Assistant DirectorYasmine Alloing
editorMonica Coleman
assistant editorJoseph Comar
key/dolly gripKenneth Cornils
grip assistantRobin Ritter
gafferDennis KrombachDoP: Matteo Cocco
best boyMicky Koch
producerSebastian SchipperMissing Link Films
producerDavid KeitschMissing Link Films
co-producerJean-Christophe ReymondKazak Productions
co-producerIsabel HundStudio Canal Film
co-producerMaren AdeKomplizen Film
co-producerJonas DornbachKomplizen Film
co-producerChristiane Dressler [1]Radical Media
co-producerKalle FrizStudio Canal Film
co-producerJanine JackowskiKomplizen Film
Business AffairsFelix Eisele
assistant to producerLaurence Wegener
production designerChloé Cambournac
assistant production designerClémence Pétiniaud
assistant production designerLéa Alric
standby propsPierre-Antoine Mariotti
assistant to propmaster /- buyerAnne Dieste
picture car wranglerAndré Scholz
location scoutEdouard Sueur
line producerKarim DebbaghMarokko
line producerJakob NeuhäusserEntire Project
unit production managerJosep AmorósSpain
unit production managerSacha Guillaume-BourbaultFrance
service producerFernanda Del NidoSpain
production coordinatorSeloua Elgouni
production coordinatorAnna Brückner
assistant production managerLéa Chantereau
unit managerRoberto PavanMarokko, Spanien, Frankreich I
unit managerLaura EinmahlFrankreich / ab DT 23
unit managerJulien Flick
unit managerCristian Casals
location managerAna Jimenèz
set manager / 3rd ADKonstantin Nerger
assistant location managerChloé Dagonet
assistant location managerSol Molinas
assistant location managerHélène Ollier
production assistantGaspard Rivoire
production assistantAlexandre Muhr
4th AD / Additional ADSantiago Esteban ZabaloBase Manager/Set-As
personal driverTünay AktoprakMB HH-BER Vorbereitung
screenwriterOliver Ziegenbalg
screenwriterSebastian Schipper
script translatorAlex RossProducer's Notes
production sound mixerPhilippe Welsh
boom operatorRomain Cadilhac
stunt coordinatorStéphane Boulay
stunt coordinatorCedric Proust
commissioning editorClaudia Grässel(ARD Degeto)
commissioning editorDr. Barbara Buhl(WDR)
commissioning editorChristine Strobl(ARD Degeto)
commissioning editorOlivier Père(Arte France Cinéma)
commissioning editorAndreas Schreitmüller(arte)
commissioning editorRémi Burah(Arte France Cinéma)
EPK/Behind the scenes ProducerVictoria-J. FodeMaking of, inkl. EPK-Postproduktion

Distributing companies

HanWay Films [uk]World Sales
Rezo Films [fr]Distribution France
Studiocanal GmbH (formerly Kinowelt GmbH) [de]Verleih Deutschland


Cameras and UtilitiesCINEGATE GmbH
GripProduction Concept GmbH & Co. KGKFZ Plates
Lighting and UtilitiesCINEGATE GmbH
Lighting and UtilitiesMaier Bros. GmbH
Production ServicesastRein FußmattenFußmattenservice
Production ServicesMobilespaceProduktionsfahrzeuge
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationCMS - Car Motion Service GmbH
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationFirst Business Travel
Transportation, Travel and Accomodationvorsprung UG (haftungsbeschränkt)Carnet, Trucks to Marocco


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Sebastian Schipper2019Tribeca Film Festival [us]International Narrative CompetitionNominated


2019USATribeca Film FestivalInternational Narrative Competition


Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 17.07.2019
Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 30.05.2019
PremiereThursday, 25.04.2019Tribeca Film Festival