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THE CALM – car chase in the BMW i7 M70

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BMW Films presents THE CALM: Pom Klementieff, a mysterious passenger, must fight her way through a web of obstacles to avoid jeopardizing her mission – until she ends up at the Hotel Martinez in Cannes and meets Uma Thurman. A short film full of action, twists and... silence.

17 May 2023

Electric range (WLTP) 488–560 in km
Power consumption 23,3–20,8 kWh/100 km (combined)
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This film was made purely for entertainment purposes. Some vehicle features shown (e.g. in driverless scenes) were simulated and are not available for sale. The film was produced on closed roads with professional drivers. Do not attempt.

BMW i7 M70 xDrive: Energy power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 23.8-20.8 (WLTP); CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0 g; Electric range in km: 488-560 (WLTP).

For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at

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An electrifying chase with well-known Hollywood giants and starring the new BMW i7 M70? Sounds like a blockbuster.

BMW Films presents THE CALM, the newand exciting short film on the BMW Theatre Screen as part of the Cannes international film festival. The combination of luxury, performance and electromobility (➜ Read also: Time for sustainable luxury) is inimitably showcased by the new BMW i7 M70. The vehicle is not just in a supporting role as a luxury lounge on wheels, but it turns out to be the linchpin of the plot, not least because of its energetic driving characteristics.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the short film THE CALM in this making-of and experience the first silent car chase in the video.


Action through acoustics
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The short film, penned by director Samuel Hargrave (“Extraction”) and executive producer Joseph Kosinski (“Top Gun: Maverick”), is part of a long film tradition at BMW. THE CALM is also an homage to “The Hire” film series from BMW. A total of ten of these films were shot in two seasons in 2001 and 2002, a legacy that continued with the 2016 short film “The Escape.” Each of these flicks featured Hollywood greats both in front of and behind the camera.

In THE CALM – in addition to the cast around Pom Klementieff, Uma Thurman and Nate Perry – it is not only the BMW i7 M70 that plays a leading role as the first luxury electric car with an M engine; the acoustics also have an important part to play. The concept of silence was a fascinating one for director Sam Hargrave, as he explains. In most regular films, he said, the plot is very much integrated with the sound design. “So how do you tell a thrilling story without turning away from sound design, but instead incorporating silence into sound design,” the director wondered. Because sometimes, he says, the absence of sound is more effective than an expansive score or a big sound effect.

Silence as soundtrack

Traditionally, action is accompanied by a strong soundtrack (➜ Read also: Hans Zimmer – soundtrack of electric mobility) to get that adrenaline flowing through the viewer. But if you omit the soundtrack or the score, you sit back because you want to hear everything that’s going on, Hargrave says. “We lean on the element of silence to enhance the narrative in this short film.”

In this making-of feature, we give an insight into the filming, taking a look behind the scenes and the spectacular stunts. You can best experience how the electrifying chase in THE CALM ends up sounding in the video.

BMW Films presents THE CALM

The Making-of

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We tried to create the complete opposite of most chases: watching from outside the car, you hear all these engine noises – exciting, adrenaline-pumping. Now, all is whisper quiet when the camera is outside the car while it is driving. Inside the car, however, there’s an acoustic beat going on that’s in direct contrast to what’s happening outside.
Samuel Hargrave


Author: Markus Löblein; Art: Shin Miura, Lucas Lemuth; Photos & Videos: BMW

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