Screened as part of NZIFF 2014

Human Capital 2014

Il capitale umano

Directed by Paolo Virzì

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.

Italy In Italian with English subtitles
109 minutes CinemaScope / DCP



Fabrizio Donvito
Marco Cohen
Benedetto Habib


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


Jérôme Alméras


Cecilia Zanuso

Production designer

Mauro Radaelli

Costume designer

Bettina Pontiggia


Carlo Virzì


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


Sydney 2014


Best Film
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Donatello Awards 2014


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