Programme

ROADS

Sebastian Schipper

Germany, France, 2019 / 100 min / English, Spanish, German, French and Lingala OV with French subt. (OV with FR subt.) / adventure, comedy, drama

A young European and an African migrant strike an improbable friendship in Morocco leading them across Europe on the search of loved ones.

After stealing his stepfather’s RV and fleeing from his family holiday in Morocco, 18-year-old Gyllen from London happens to meet William, a Congolese boy who wants to get across to Europe to look for his lost brother. Driven by the lust for youthful adventure, they join forces and make their way through Morocco, Spain and France all the way to Calais. While the young men’s mutual friendship and trust grow daily, they are confronted with decisions that will have a lasting effect on both of their lives.

“The film is a spirited portrayal of two vulnerable young men struggling to step into their adult selves […] Capturing with acute sensitivity what it means to live on the margins of mainstream society, the insightful script and poignant performances strike a hopeful tone.” Lucy Mukerjee, Tribeca Film Festival

Screenings
Mon 09/03 09:00 Ciné Utopia EN, ES, DE & FR OV with FR subt. Scolaire http://www.luxfilmfest.lu/en/registration-films-workshops
Mon 09/03 09:00 Ciné Utopia EN, ES, DE & FR OV with FR subt. Public https://ticket.luxembourg-ticket.lu/luxfilmfest/webticket/shop?event=28741&kassi...

„Schipper beweist einmal mehr eine sichere Hand bei der Wahl seiner jungen Hauptdarsteller: Ihnen glaubt man die Überwindung des Fremdelns, ihre allmählich entstehende Freundschaft und die Lust am Nervenkitzel […] Man kommt diesen Figuren sehr nah, ihre gegenseitige Empathie wirkt echt und wärmend. […] In den Feldlagern von Calais […] hat der Film Gangart und Stil gewechselt: Er erzählt jetzt keine Story mehr, er zeigt, fast dokumentarisch anmutend, nur noch eindrückliche Bilder aus einer komplizierten Gegenwart. In ihnen lösen sich nicht nur Genreregeln auf. Es zerfallen auch gefühlte Gewissheiten darüber, welcher dieser beiden Jungs eigentlich der Entwurzeltere ist.“ Andreas Borcholte, Spiegel Online, 31/05/2019

„Wie Fionn Whitehead […] und Stéphane Bak […] unter Einfluss von Neugier und Alkohol und leichten Drogen immer näherkommen, wie sie sich im andern erkennen, das ist so tiefgründig und fein gespielt, so feinsinnig und -fühlig beobachtet, wie das kein anderer deutscher Regisseur heute hinbekommt.“ Elmar Krekeler, Die Welt, 29/05/2019

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Cast & Credits
Cast 
Fionn Whitehead, Stéphane Bak, Moritz Bleibtreu, Ben Chaplin, Marie Burchard, Josué Ndofusu
Montage 
Matteo Cocco
Sound 
Fabian Schmidt, Philippe Welsh
Set 
Chloé Cambournac
Music 
The Notwist
Production 
Missing Link Films
Coproduction 
Kazak Productions, Komplizen Film, Studiocanal Film, Radical Media
Distribution 
The Festival Agency
Biography

Sebastian Schipper, born in 1968, is a German actor and filmmaker. He studied theatre at the Otto Falckenberg School of the Performing Arts in Munich from 1992 to 1995, took on minor film parts and appeared in plays at the Munich Kammerspiele, before releasing his first film, Gigantic, in 1999 which went on to win a silver German Film Award. Two other films followed, A friend of mine (2006) and Sometime in August (2009) before he celebrated the biggest international hit of his career with the one-shot Victoria (2015), which won six German Film Awards, including Best Motion Picture and Best Director, and which was also nominated for three European Film Awards. Roads (2019) is his fifth feature.

Filmography
  • 2019 – Roads
  • 2015 – Victoria
  • 2009 – Mitte Ende August
  • 2006 – Ein Freund von mir
  • 1999 – Absolute Giganten