Sebastian Schipper with Fionn Whitehead and Stéphane Bak on the Caravan set.

HanWay Films has boarded world sales on Victoria director Sebastian Schipper’s next project Caravan, which commenced principal photography this week.

Written by Schipper with Oliver Ziegenbalg, the film marks the director’s English language debut. It stars Dunkirk actor and former Screen Star of Tomorrow Fionn Whitehead alongside French actor Stéphane Bak, who was recently seen in Elle.

Caravan follows William, a young man from the Congo (Bak) who attempts to break through Europe’s borders in search of his brother. 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.

Also starring are German actor Moritz Bleibtreu (Run Lola Run) and British actor Ben Chaplin (Snowden).

The shoot will last 11 weeks, commencing in Morocco before travelling to Spain and France, where it will film in Calais.

The project is a German-French co-production from Missing Link Films with Kazak Productions, WDR, Arte, Ard Degeto, Komplizen Film, StudioCanal Film GmbH and RadicalMedia. Funding has come from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Film-und Medienstiftung NRW, FFA, Eurimages, Mini Traité, BKM, the DFFF, and HanWay Films.

Studiocanal will release the film in Germany and Films in Rezo France.

Gabrielle Stewart, MD at HanWay Films, said: “Schipper is one of the most exciting filmmakers today, bringing a raw and visceral energy to all his work. We could not think of a better voice to tell William and Gyllen’s story, set against the backdrop of one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our times”