Renault Twizy starring in The Zero Theorem
Through a special partnership with Renault, Twizy takes a starring role in Terry Gilliam’s new science-fiction film The Zero Theorem, shot in 2012 and set for release in French cinemas on 25 June. Gilliam’s previous works include Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 12 Monkeys and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. The Zero Theorem cast includes Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry and David Thewlis.
“London, in the near future. Technological progress has put the world under the watchful eye of a mysterious, all-powerful figure known only as ‘Management’. From his home in a burnt-out chapel, reclusive computer genius Qohen Leth is waiting for a call. He’s working for Management on a secret project that will settle, once and for all, the issue of the purpose of existence.”
The Zero Theorem was shot in Bucharest, Romania, in late 2012, for release in some thirty countries worldwide, including the UK, Italy, the USA, Germany, China, Brazil and Japan.
The Twizy connection
Twizy appears all through the film, as the car of the future. In all, fifteen Twizys were used, in five outdoor sequences. Gilliam saw Twizy, an all-electric renegade, as the perfect choice for this singular and innovative work. “Twizy is the car of the film,” commented production designer David Warren. “It’s the main car, and you see it in every street.”
Renault’s century-long involvement in cinema
Renault’s history is intricately linked with that of cinema. In their very first film, the Lumière brothers filmed Louis Renault at the wheel of his Voiturette Type A. And Renault’s production plant neighboured the very first film studios, at Billancourt on the outskirts of Paris, whose prehistory dates to 1885.
Renault has worked with many film and television crews, on France and international sets. And Renault cars appear in many films, including And God Created Woman, A View to a Kill (James Bond), The Visitors, and the more recent Intouchables.
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