Variety has been given exclusive access to the first image from the set of Sebastian Schipper’s English-language directorial debut “Caravan.” The film, which stars “Dunkirk’s” Fionn Whitehead, is the follow-up to the director’s Berlinale Silver Bear winner “Victoria.”
HanWay Films is handling worldwide sales on “Caravan,” which wrapped Oct. 31. Studiocanal will release the film in Germany and Rezo Films in France. The pic, described as a “kinetic journey across a changing Europe,” is written by Schipper and Oliver Ziegenbalg (“Friendship”). It is Schipper’s fifth feature as a director.
The film follows William (Stéphane 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 step-dad’s RV.
Their trip across Europe is “an unpredictable and thrilling ride fueled by the unstoppable momentum, chaos and humor only a pair of teenagers living on the edge can ignite,” according to a statement. “In cementing a brotherly bond they learn that to truly depend on each other is the most important gift of all.”
Whitehead has earned fans across the globe with his breakout leading role in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.” His next film, Richard Eyre’s “The Children Act,” recently screened at the Toronto Film Festival. French actor and young stand-up comedian Bak was most recently seen in Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle.” German star Moritz Bleibtreu (“Run Lola Run” and “Munich”) and British actor Ben Chaplin (“Snowden,” “Cinderella,” “The Legend of Tarzan”) complete the cast.
The film shot for 11 weeks, tracing their journey across Morocco, Spain and France, ending in Calais amongst Europe’s lost refugees.
The movie is a Missing Link Films production. It is a German-French co-production with Kazak Productions, WDR, Arte, Ard Degeto, Komplizen Film, StudioCanal Film GmbH and RadicalMedia, with funding from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, FFA, Eurimages, Mini Traité, BKM and the DFFF.