Around the World with the Sun

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Official film description...

The story of an epic, 18-month adventure that spans the globe in a home-made car powered exclusively by the sun. Louis Palmer and Solartaxi meet princes, movie stars, politicians and scientists, but most importantly they encounter ordinary people and show them that locomotion using only the power of the sun is possible.

Notes on the film...

This film received numerous awards:

KRAKAU Filmfestival
GREEN FILM Festival Seoul
CINE ECO Portugal
ONE World Filmfestival Prague
ENERGY FILM Festival Lausanne

Louis Palmer was awarded the European Solar Prize and Champions of the Earth for his achievements.

Rating from our film jury...

Selected for the Films for the Earth Festival 2013.

“Solartaxi“ is an entertaining film with positive effect that is more suitable for the undemanding but can certainly stimulate and inspire.

The film provides a good reference to our own life based on a model example. Nevertheless, the style seems too staged. The transfer of knowledge and contexts is therefore something from the field of vision.

From a scientific and technical point of view, “Solartaxi“ does not offer much new, as the technology used is already overhauled. The facts and figures presented are of little relevance. The energy-intensive production of solar panels is not addressed.

In contrast, the inspiring vision is strongly at the center. Especially the fact that a normal person without his own resources has managed to realize his dream is very motivating. Through the theme of the world trip the film gets a global dimension.

The structure is plausible and the film has a reasonable length. Pictures are partly somewhat repetitive, editing and camera work are mediocre. For this, the film music fits well and gives “Solartaxi“ additional sympathy points.

Further reviews...

“When the whole world talks about climate change, it’s time to show the solutions. If you want to know how one of these solutions is on the road for one and a half years with 6 square meters of solar power on its back, watch this film.”
- Louis Palmer

Technical information and screening rights...

Director: Erik Schmitt
Actors: Louis Palmer
Release Date: 2012
Run Time: 68 minutes
Language (Audio): English
Language (Subtitles): English

More information...


Car Climate Courage Renewables


entertainment value

scientificity+ journalistic quality

Transfer of a momentum

Picture, music, craftsmanship

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