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 / SpeakerVoice actor
Fionn WhiteheadGyllen [L]
Stéphane BakWilliam [L]
Moritz BleibtreuLuttger [L]
Ben ChaplinPaul [L]
Marie Burchard
Valerie [SR]
Paul BranniganAlan [SR]


Production accountantAsmae Elamrani
Production accountantLies Schumandl
Production accountantElena Vidal
Production accountantAntoine Lepetit
AD TraineeYasmine Alloing
Director of photographyMatteo CoccoTribeca 2019
1st assistant cameraWon-Suk Park
2nd assistant cameraCeline Lardon
DIT digital imaging technicianTyzian MasikQC / RUSHES
Still photographerEniac Martinez
Casting directorStéphanie Doncker
Casting directorSuse Marquardt
Casting directorJina Jay
Extras/bit player castingClément Morelle
Costume designerJürgen Doering
Costume supervisorLaure Villemer
WardrobeAnne-Cécile Le Quere
DirectorSebastian Schipper
1st AD (local system)Gregor Stitzl
1st AD (local system)Iñaki Beraza
1st AD (local system)Ires Jungin Maroc, Sp, Fr., Vorbereitung, Marocco
2nd AD crowd (local system)Mehdi Souissi
EditorMonica Coleman
Assistant editorJoseph Comar
Key/dolly gripKenneth Cornils
Grip assistantRobin Ritter
GafferDennis KrombachDoP: Matteo Cocco
Best boyMicky Koch
ProducerDavid KeitschMissing Link Films
ProducerSebastian SchipperMissing Link Films
Co-producerJean-Christophe ReymondKazak Productions
Co-producerMaren AdeKomplizen Film
Co-producerJonas DornbachKomplizen Film
Co-producerChristiane Dressler [1]Radical Media
Co-producerKalle FrizStudio Canal Film
Co-producerJanine JackowskiKomplizen Film
Co-producerIsabel HundStudio Canal Film
Business affairsFelix Eisele
Assistant to producerLaurence Wegener
Production designerChloé Cambournac
Assistant production designerLéa Alric
Assistant production designerClémence Pétiniaud
Standby propsPierre-Antoine Mariotti
Assistant to propmaster /- buyerAnne Dieste
Picture car wranglerAndré Scholz
Location scoutEdouard Sueur
Line producerJakob NeuhäusserEntire
Line producerKarim DebbaghMarokko
Production managerOliver WissmannWDR
Production managerSacha GuillaumeFrance
Production managerJosep AmorósSpain
Service producerFernanda Del NidoSpain
Production coordinatorSeloua Elgouni
Production coordinatorAnna Brückner
Assistant production managerLéa Chantereau
Unit managerCristian Casals
Unit managerLaura EinmahlFrankreich / ab DT 23
Unit managerRoberto PavanMarokko, Spanien, Frankreich I
Unit managerJulien Flick
Location managerAna Jimenèz
Set manager/ floor managerKonstantin Nerger
Assistant location managerChloé Dagonet
Assistant location managerSol Molinas
Assistant location managerHélène Ollier
Production assistantGaspard Rivoire
Production assistantAlexandre Muhr
Assistant set/floor managerSantiago 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 editorRémi Burah(Arte France Cinéma)
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)
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
GripGrip'n'Roll [de]
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