At the New York Film Forum (January 14) Film Movement will debut the U.S. theatrical premiere of HUMAN CAPITAL, by Paolo Virzì’s (The First Beautiful Thing).
This multi-layered character study examines the value of human life. It stars Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi (Munich, A Good Year), and Valeria Golino (Rain Man, Frida).
At the heart, this is a story at the intersection of family, class and passion and it centers on a single pivotal incident and the lives inextricably linked as a result.
Featuring stellar performances from some of Italy’s most sought-after actors, including Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Valeria Golino and Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Remember Me, My Love), Virzì’s taut thriller deconstructs the typical linear narrative, observing transformative events from each character’s perspective in reverse.
The impressive result is a masterfully nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in the age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation.
HUMAN CAPITAL begins as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge about the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the ultra-rich Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, intertwine with the fate of the Rovellis, who are struggling to keep a grip on their comfortable middle-class life. Dino Rovelli (Bentivoglio) is in dire financial straits as he anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Golino). Meanwhile, Dino’s teenage daughter’s relationship with the playboy son of his hedge-fund manager, Giovanni Bernaschi (Fabrizio Gifuni), complicates an already precarious social dance of status, money and ambition.
Official Website: HumanCapitalFilm.com
HUMAN CAPITAL (Italy, 2014, 110 min) Directed by Paolo Virzì. Screenplay by Francesco Bruni, Francesco Piccolo and Paolo Virzì. Freely adapted from the novel Human Capital by Stephen Amidon.
Producers: Fabrizio Donvito, Marco Cohen and Benedetto Habib. Director of Photograpy: Jérôme Alméras.
Editor: Cecilia Zanuso.
Composer: Carlo Virzì. With: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Golino, Fabrizio Gifuni, Luigi Lo Cascio, Giovanni Anzaldo, Matilde Gioli, Guglielmo Pinelli, Gigio Alberti and Bebo Storti. In Italian with English subtitles.
A Film Movement release.