Renault Twizy meets Terry Gilliam in The Zero Theorem

Low-speed quadricycle a perfect 'picture vehicle' for Monty Python alum

The little Renault Twizy electric vehicle is making its way to the big screen in a bizarre and futuristic new movie, The Zero Theorem. The film is from director Terry Gilliam, a Monty Python alumnus and director of the feature films Brazil, Twelve Monkeys and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

In The Zero Theorem, the popular European quadricycle populates the busy streets of near-future London. We can see the quirky, agoraphobic protagonist Qohen Leth (played by Oscar-winning Christoph Waltz) darting on foot between the Renault EVs as he navigates the lively and connected world he tries to find meaning in. And while the main character might have trouble finding his place in this vibrant new world, the Twizy fits right in. "We're using the Twizy as the predominant picture vehicle in the movie," says executive producer Patrick Newell. "It's the car that you'll see driving on the streets in all of the scenes."

Its electric motor provides just 17 horsepower and 42 pound-feet of torque, but Newell says the two-seat Twizy "has a lot of power, it handles really well, it's low to the ground. It's surprisingly got a lot of pick-up for a little car." That's not so surprising, considering the Twizy's sub-1,000-pound weight. It also makes it easy to get the 15 Twizy vehicles used in the film to and from set if they had to be towed. In the film, the numerous Twizys share the road with motorcycles, vehicles created from electric golf carts, and "hero" vehicles from the 30s and 40s.

The Zero Theorem has already been released in certain parts of the world, and will come to the US this summer. See the Twizys in action as they easily navigate the crowded streets (it's almost as if they were choreographed) of future London, as well as Patrick Newall talking about using the car in the film and what it's like to drive, in the video below. Read on for more details in the press release from Renault.

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TWIZY hits the screens in the new film by Terry GILLIAM

June 10, 2014
Renault Twizy will be appearing on cinema screens on 25 June in Terry Gilliam's new science-fiction thriller, The Zero Theorem.

"London, in the not-too-distant future. With new advances in technology, the world is more than ever under the all-seeing eye of an invisible and omnipotent authority. Qohen Leth, a computer genius, lives in an abandoned church, working obsessively on a mysterious project, personally delegated to him by a man called Management and aimed at discovering the meaning of life – or the lack thereof – once and for all..."

The Zero Theorem was filmed in Bucharest, Romania in late 2012. Twizy was chosen to illustrate the director's futuristic and hyper-connected world. Fifteen Renault Twizy vehicles appear in five outdoor scenes to reflect the high-tech and innovative atmosphere of the film. Renault's all-electric upstart turned out to be a natural fit for Gilliam's singular new opus.

The Zero Theorem will be distributed in some 30 countries, including the UK, Italy, the USA, Germany, China, Brazil and Japan.

Renault loves film

Renault's close ties with cinema date back to the first Lumière Brothers film, which features footage of Louis Renault at the wheel of his Type A "voiturette". The film was shot outside the first movie studios built in Billancourt near Paris alongside Renault's factories.

Renault is interested in all forms of cinema. It supports a range of festivals and institutes, including the Cannes Film Festival, Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma (which organizes the Césars and Les Nuits en Or du Court Métrage awards evenings), the Deauville Festival, the Alpe d'Huez Festival, and those of Marrakesh, London, San Sebastián and Valladolid.

Renault also works on film and television productions in France and worldwide. Renault vehicles take part in spectacular stunts and enjoy wacky moments alongside actors, having figured in films as famous as And God Created Woman, A View to a Kill and The Visitors and, more recently, Rush Hour 3 and Intouchables. Renault is delighted to have worked with the world-renowned director Terry Gilliam on his new film.

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