Human Capital 2014

Il capitale umano

Directed by Paolo Virzì World

Two of Italy’s leading actresses, Valeria Golino and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, star in a stylish whodunit based on Stephen Amidon’s best-selling book of the same name, expertly intertwining love, class and ambition.

Jul 18

The Civic Theatre

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Jul 19

Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

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Jul 22

The Civic Theatre

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Aug 06

Academy Cinema

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Italy In Italian with English subtitles
109 minutes CinemaScope/DCP
M (nudity, offensive language, sexual content)

Director

Producers

Fabrizio Donvito
,
Marco Cohen
,
Benedetto Habib

Screenplay

Paolo Virzì
,
Francesco Bruni
,
Francesco Piccolo. Based on the novel by Stephen Amidon

Photography

Jérôme Alméras

Editor

Cecilia Zanuso

Production designer

Mauro Radaelli

Costume designer

Bettina Pontiggia

Music

Carlo Virzì

With

Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Dino)
,
Valeria Golino (Roberta)
,
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Carla)
,
Fabrizio Gifuni (Giovanni)

Festivals

Tribeca
,
Sydney 2014

Awards

Best Film
,
Best Actress
,
Best Supporting Actress
,
Donatello Awards 2014

Elsewhere

The tenuous relationship between two families comes under intense scrutiny in this vivid whodunit and Italian box office hit. Serena, daughter of a struggling real estate agent, has been going out with Massimiliano, party boy son of a hedge-fund millionaire. Serena’s father Dino sees an opportunity in this connection: in Dino, Massimiliano’s father Giovanni sees a sucker best avoided. Meanwhile Carla, Giovanni’s neglected trophy wife (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, never better), hopes to endow a theatre restoration with her husband’s largesse. The network of characters affected – fatally or otherwise – by this confabulation of desire and money is extensive, and fleshed out with deadly accuracy by a superb cast.

“A slick, stylish drama, Human Capital starts as a class critique wrapped around a whodunit, and though the mystery elements have overtaken the social assessment by the final third, the picture remains an engrossing, stinging look at aspirational parvenus and the super-rich they emulate. Perfectly cast with actors who give life to very recognizable Italian types, Capital confirms Paolo Virzì as one of the more dynamic directors on the peninsula, blending biting commentary with expert narrational skills…

In adapting Stephen Amidon’s novel, replacing Connecticut with the wealthy region of Brianza, near Milan, Virzì and his co-scripters mine local social mores to make the tale extremely Italian while retaining the novel’s potent message of capitalist greed and the chillingly low price put on human life.” — Jay Weissberg, Variety